Burns can occur from fire, radiation, sunlight, electricity, chemicals, or hot water. The severity of your burn may mean you need to seek immediate medical attention.
There are 3 degrees of burns:
- First-Degree Burns
The least serious burns are those in which only the outer layer of skin is burned, but not all the way through.
- Red and Painful
- Minor Swelling
- Turn white when you press on skin
- Skin peeling typically occurs within the first two days
- Heals in 3 to 6 days
- Second-Degree Burns
- When the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer of skin (dermis) also is burned, the injury is called a second-degree burn.
- Very painful
- Typically produce blisters on the skin
- Very red or splotchy skin
- Skin may be very swollen
- Heals in 2 to 3 weeks
- Third-Degree Burns
- The most serious burns involve all layers of the skin and cause permanent tissue damage. Fat, muscle and even bone may be affected.
- Skin looks white or charred
- Little or no pain because nerves and tissue are damaged
- Damages all layers of the skin
- Takes a long time to heal
- A first- or second-degree burn covers an area larger than 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
- The burn is on your face, over a major joint (such as the knee or shoulder), on the hands, feet or genitals.
- The burn is a third-degree burn, which requires immediate medical attention.
- Is deep, jagged, or gaping
- Is on the face or another part of the body where scarring may be an issue
- Bleeds profusely, without stopping, after 20 minutes of direct pressure
- Feels numb
Visit Family First Urgent Care When:
Visit your local emergency room when:
Cuts and Sutures
It’s not always easy to tell if a cut requires stitches. Come to Family First Urgent Care and we will determine if you need stitches. You should seek medical care for any cut that: