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Third-Degree Burns: Symptoms, Diagnosis Causes and Treatments

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In a third-degree burn, all the layers of the skin are burned. Third-degree burns can be deadly if the majority of your body is burned. Third-degree burns may require skin grafting or plastic surgery. This is generally required because new skin will not grow in the third-degree burn area.

Seek medical attention immediately, if you or someone you love has a third-degree burn. The National Institutes of Health recommend calling 911 if you have the following burn issues:

• The burn is severe (third degree)
• The burn is extensive (the size of your palm or larger)
• The person shows signs of shock
• You aren't sure how serious it is
• The burn is caused by chemicals or electricity
• Physical abuse is the known or suspected cause of the burn
• The person inhaled smoke
• There are other symptoms associated with the burns

One symptom of third-degree burns is a lack of pain.


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