What are the three types of burns?
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.
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