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What is a Burn?

A burn is damage to the skin caused by heat, flame, hot liquids or chemicals. There are three types or degrees of burns.

  • Superficial or 1st degree burns are damage to the top layer of skin, usually causing redness and pain like a sunburn.
  • Partial Thickness or 2nd degree burns are damage to the deeper layers of skin, usually causing blisters and pain. The wounds should be pink or red under the blisters.
  • Full thickness or 3rd degree burns are damage to the entire thickness of skin, including nerves and blood vessels. The skin may be black (charred), brown or white.