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What are the three types of burns?

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Pain management for burns can be difficult, because burns differ in type and severity. There are three types of burns:

  • First-degree burns are considered mild compared to other burns. They result in pain and reddening of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
  • Second-degree burns (partial thickness burns) affect the epidermis and the dermis (lower layer of skin). They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.
  • Third-degree burns (full thickness burns) go through the dermis and affect deeper tissues. They result in white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb.

From: Pain Caused by Burns WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCE: Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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