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A first-degree burn is a minor burn that only affects the top layer of skin, or epidermis. It is the mildest type of burn.
Most first-degree burns are caused by sun exposure (sunburn) or brief contact with flames or hot objects and liquids — such as scalds from steaming water, knocked over coffee cups, hot foods, and heated cooking fluids.
Symptoms of first-degree burns include redness, pain, and minor swelling. The skin is dry without blisters.
First-degree burns can be treated at home and will usually heal in about 3 to 6 days. The superficial skin layer over the burn may peel off in 1 or 2 days. If a burn doesn’t heal within a couple of weeks or appears to be getting worse or infected, call your doctor. Special attention should be given to burns on the face, hands, feet, and groin as these can be more serious.
First-degree burns are uncomfortable but are easy to treat and usually have no lasting impact. Taking safety precautions at home can help prevent many first-degree burns.
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A second-degree burn affects the top two layers of skin (the epidermis and dermis). It is more serious than a first-degree burn.
Third-degree burns, or full-thickness burns, are the most serious type of burn. They involve all the layers of the skin and underlying tissue and can cause permanent damage.
Fireworks safety starts with the manufacturer, but it ends with you! Read these tips on handling fireworks safely and have a blast on the Fourth!
Before your family celebrates a holiday, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
It’s fun to be outside on a hot, sunny day. But too much sun and heat can make you feel terrible. Find out how to stay safe in this article for kids.
Scald burns from hot water and other liquids are the most common type of burn young kids get. Here’s what to do if your child is burned.
You can treat mild sunburn at home. But severe sunburn needs medical attention. Here’s what to do.
By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.
Cooking and baking are lots of fun – as long as you stay safe. Read this article for safety tips before you head into the kitchen.
Fireworks are cool to watch, but it’s best to let the professionals set them off. Find out more in this article for kids.
Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips to prevent fires in your home.
Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require medical care.
Burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns – especially scalds from hot water and liquids – are some of the most common childhood accidents. Here’s how to protect kids from burns.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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