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Determining the Seriousness of a Burn


Topic Overview

The seriousness of a burn is determined by:

  • The depth of the burn (first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree).
  • The size of the burn.
  • The cause (thermal, electrical, chemical, radiation, or friction).
  • The part of the body where the burn occurred.
  • The age and health of the burn victim.
  • Other injuries.

What to think about

It is important to watch for signs of infection during the healing of any burn.

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedJanuary 4, 2011

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