1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degree Burns

By: Emmanuel Abrams

1st Degree Burns

A first-degree burn is an injury that affects the first layer of your skin(epidermis).

Example: Sunburn

You can help prevent this from happening by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen or sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

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2nd Degree Burns

Second-degree burns involve the epidermis and also part of the dermis layer of skin.

Treatment: Running the skin under cool water for 15 minutes or longer, applying antibiotic cream.

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3rd Degree Burns

Third-degree burn is referred to as a full thickness burn. This type of burn destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the entire layer beneath (dermis).

Prevention: Install electrical outlet covers, clean out dryer lint trap regularly, test smoke detectors once a month, etc.

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