Third Degree Burn

GENERAL INFORMATION:

What is a third degree burn? A third degree burn is also called a full thickness burn. Your skin contains 3 layers. A third degree burn occurs when all 3 layers are burned. This may also include damage to the bones and muscles. A third degree burn is the most serious type of burn.

What causes a third degree burn? Direct exposure to heat for a long time is the most common cause of a third degree burn. This includes contact with hot objects or flames such as an iron, a skillet, tar, cigarettes, or fireworks. The following may also cause a third degree burn:

What are the signs and symptoms of a third degree burn? Your skin may be white, black, brown, or leathery. This type of burn injury is often painless because the nerves have been damaged.

How is a third degree burn diagnosed? Your healthcare provider will ask about your burn. Tell him about your symptoms. He will examine your burn to determine how severe it is. Laser scanners may be used to check the blood flow in your skin.

How is a third degree burn treated?

How do I care for my third degree burn?

Why may I need physical therapy? Your muscles and joints may not work well after a third degree burn. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

How can I prevent a third degree burn?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

CARE AGREEMENT:

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