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Burns and Electric Shock - Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What caused the burn?
  • What kind of material was burning (such as wood, plastic, chemical, or asbestos)?
  • When did the burn occur?
  • What is the size and location of the burn? Can you estimate the depth as a first-, second-, or third-degree burn?
  • Was there a possibility of smoke inhalation? Was the fire in an enclosed place?
  • How was the fire put out?
  • Were there other injuries?
  • What home treatment has been used?
  • Do you have any health risks?

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: December 27, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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