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Eventually, you’ll probably get burned.
Not metaphorically, either. Minor burns — such as when your knuckle touches the edge of a hot oven door or a hot curling iron accidentally touches your forehead — are common injuries.
There are first-degree burns, like the minor burns I mentioned. And then there are burns.
If you end up with a more serious burn, you may wonder if your injury is too severe to treat at home. To help you decide when to seek medical attention, it helps to know the levels of burn severity.
Mayo Clinic offers a clear breakdown of first, second and third-degree burn symptoms:
If the burn is first-degree or a small second-degree, there are steps you can take immediately to treat the injury at home. HealthyChildren.org offers these first aid tips that can be used for anyone — children or adults:
Seek immediate medical attention in the case of a third-degree burn. Electrical burns and burns of the hands, mouth and genitals should also receive immediate medical attention.
How do you know if you’re facing an emergency? Read our levels of care guide.
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