Third Degree Burns

What Does a Third-Degree Burn Look Like?

Third-degree, or full thickness, burns are a serious injury and require medical attention. They can affect deep layers of skin and organs, including muscles, nerves, and tendons. The wound may have a white, brown, or black leathery appearance. It may be painful, dry, and appear leathery and shrunken.

Symptoms of a Third-Degree Burn

  • White, brown, or black leathery appearance.
  • Pain may or may not be present.
  • Swelling of the affected area.
  • Damage to deeper tissues.
  • Numbness.
  • Blistering.

Treatment of a Third-Degree Burn

As soon as a third-degree burn has been sustained, immediate medical attention should be sought. Treatment includes antibiotics, skin grafts, physical therapy, and pain medications. Area affected may require topical treatments, such as salves, ointments, or dressings to reduce the risk of infection.

Complications of a Third-Degree Burn

Complications can happen with any burn, and third-degree burns can be particularly dangerous. Possible complications include:

  • Infection
  • Shock
  • Dehydration
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalances
  • Severe scarring
  • Organ failure
  • Sepsis