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Second-degree burns are injuries to the skin caused by heat,
radiation, electricity, chemicals, or friction. These burns are also called
There are two types of second-degree burns, defined by their
It may take several days before symptoms develop and it becomes
clear whether the burn is superficial or deep.
Treatment varies for a second-degree burn depending on its size,
depth, and a person's age and overall health. With all burns, it is important
to watch for and seek treatment for any signs of infection. Second-degree burns
may leave scars after the burns heal.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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