1. First-degree burns are the least damaging, affecting only the surface skin layer, the epidermis.2. Second-degree burns reach the next skin layer, the dermis, and cause blisters.3. Third-degree burns affect all the skin layers.*4. Fourth-degree burns may affect the joints and bones.*
*Third- and fourth-degree burns are medical emergencies and require hospital care.
Things you should know before your visit
Patients with the following may be directed to another health care provider:
● Severe burns● Burns impacting the eyes● Chemical or electrical burns