Minor burns may not need a doctor's care, but more serious ones do. A minor first-degree burn, characterized by red and painful skin, can usually be treated at home. First-degree burns should heal within a few days to weeks. Second-degree burns, in which the burn forms a blister, should require a trip to the doctor. These are deeper, more serious burns that do more damage and can have complications. The most serious burns, third-degree burns, definitely require seeking immediate medical attention.
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Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredSerious burns (2nd or 3rd degree burns ) should be seen by a burn wound specialist. Larger burns or those on the facial regions may require surgical debridement and skin graft or flap reconstruction. If you have any doubt as to the severity of the burn, seek medical attention immediately. All smoke inhalation burns should be taken to the emergency room due to possible airway collapse which could be fatal.