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Partial Thickness Burns

A burn is damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by heat, chemicals or electricity. The temperatures to which the skin is exposed and the length of time the skin is exposed to the burning substance determine the depth of injury.

About Partial Thickness Burns

Partial thickness injuries include first and second degree burns; full thickness injuries encompass third degree and deeper burns.

Partial thickness (second degree) burns:

  • Damages, but does not destroy, top two layers of the skin
  • Generally heals in 10-21 days
  • Does not require skin graft

Characteristics:

  • Skin is moist, wet and weepy
  • Blisters are present
  • Color-bright pink to cherry red
  • Lots of edema (swelling)
  • Very painful

Reference
Burnsurgery.org

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