What Are Severe Burns?
Severe burns cause critical injury to skin or other tissues due to heat, electricity, radiation or chemicals. They can destroy your underlying fat, muscle and bone tissue. Burns covering a high percentage of your body surface area are also considered severe.
Severe burns can cause serious medical complications. They require emergency care.
Levels of burns include:
- First-degree – Affect outer skin, causing painful swelling and redness
- Second-degree – Affect outer and inner skin, causing painful swelling, redness and blistering
- Third-degree – Affect deep skin layers, causing white or black burned skin and pain or numbness
Types of Burns
Some common types of burns include: