Alternative Names Second degree burn; First degree burn; Third degree burn Symptoms Blisters Pain (the degree of pain is not related to the severity of the burn -- the most serious burns can be painless) Peeling skin Red skin Shock (watch for pale and clammy skin, weakness, bluish lips and fingernails, and a drop in alertness) Swelling White or charred skin Symptoms of an airways burn: Charred mouth; burned lips Burns on the head, face, or neck Wheezing Change in voice Difficulty breathing; coughing Singed nose hairs or eyebrows Dark, carbon-stained mucus
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Types of burns
What is the difference between first-, second-, and third-degree burns?
First-degree burns involve red skin, mild swelling , and some pain.
Second-degree burns are very painful and involve red skin with blisters that may open and ooze clear fluid.
Third-degree burns are often extremely painful. However, they may be painless if nerves have been damaged. In this type of burn, layers of skin are destroyed and skin appears brown or charred.
See burns for more information.
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