Burns are skin or tissue damage that occur from heat, exposure to too much sunlight, radiation, chemicals or electrical contact. They can be minor or life-threatening emergencies depending on various factors.
Classification of Burns
1st Degree Burn - Minor redness and pain to the outer layer of skin only
2nd Degree Burn - Both the outer and second layer (dermis) of skin are affected. Swelling, red or white splotchy skin, blisters and pain that may be severe can also be symptoms of this type of burn. Deep second degree burns can cause scarring.
3rd Degree Burn - This burn affects the outer skin, second layer of skin, all the way to the fat layer beneath the skin. Burned areas may be black, brown or white due to tissue damage. Third degree burns can destroy nerve tissue causing numbness.