Though many burns are minor, some burns can be serious, and even fatal. First-degree burns are the most minor burns, and only cause minor redness, pain, and swelling of the skin. They should heal within days or weeks. Second-degree burns are more serious and involve blisters, but are still not usually too serious. Third-degree burns are serious and can require skin grafts, therapy, and surgery. In some cases, they can cause complications, including dehydration and kidney damage, and be fatal.
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Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredThird degree burns can be serious. A third degree burn is full thickness of the epidermis and dermis which can lead to serious disfigurement, dehydration, and in large total body surface area burns can be fatal. In general, serious third degree burn patients should be managed in a accredited Burn unit with ICU capabilities. Inhalation burns may require airway management with a ventillator. Deeper burns may require escharotomies and fasciotomies of the chest to allow for lung and thoracic movement of air.