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How long does burn pain last?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Burn pain with entrapment of nerve endings can persist for years. However, in the majority of healed smaller burns, the pain will usually resolve with several weeks. The deeper the burn (third degree being full thickness) may have a continual throbbing and dull pain for months even after debridement and skin grafting. Finally, new nerve growth into a full thickness skin graft may present with pain for several months.

Burn pain can last anywhere from minutes to months, depending on the burn that is causing it. A minor burn may cause only fleeting burn pain that goes away within an hour. Most burn pain should dissipate within days to weeks. With more severe burns, the burn pain can be extensive and take months to heal.

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