Degrees of Burn Injuries
You’re likely familiar with burns being described as being first, second, third, or fourth degree. The degree describes the depth of the burn damage on your body. A first-degree burn is a minor form, and heat or caustic agents only caused light damage to the outer layer of skin. You may not even need professional medical treatment. However, if you suffered first-degree burns over a large portion of your body due to an accident, you could have financial losses.
Second-degree burns are a more serious matter. You will need medical care because skin tissue damage has occurred beneath the top layer of the skin. Pain will be more intense than a first-degree burn, and you can expect unpleasant issues like fluid discharge and skin loss.
Third-degree burns represent an emergency. Deep skin damage has occurred, and pain could be overwhelming. Permanent scarring is very possible, and you may need skin grafting surgeries.
The worst form of burn is called a fourth-degree burn. Tissue beneath the skin has suffered damage, and muscles, tendons, nerves, and even bones may be affected negatively.