A burn is a type of skin injury commonly caused by heat, chemicals, radiation or friction. Most burns are minor injuries that affect the outer layers (epidermis) of the skin. A first-degree burn is the least serious and involves a reddened, inflamed area on the outer layer of the skin that can be swollen and painful. A second-degree burn involves the first and second layers of skin where blisters develop and there is severe pain and swelling. Skin takes on a splotchy intensely reddened area and blisters can be bloody. First and second degree burns can generally be resolved with first-aid treatment to the injury. Burns involving large areas of skin (greater than 3 inches) can prompt a systemic (whole body) inflammatory response and require medical attention.
Third and fourth-degree burns are major burns that involve injury to all layers of the skin and can extend under the skin to muscle and bone. Third and fourth-degree burns require immediate emergency medical treatment.
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