What are the symptoms of burns?

The symptoms of burns, a common skin injury, will differ based on the kind of burn and the degree of burn. Most burns will make the skin red, wet-looking, or leathery. A particularly bad burn may leave the skin looking blackened. Generally, burns are accompanied by pain, and blisters may develop due to the burn.

Burns come in different levels of severity, and this means their symptoms also differ. For instance, the first-degree burn is the least severe, and because it is only affects the outer layer of skin, generally goes away in about a week with home-based treatments. Red skin and pain are generally the symptoms of this kind of burn.

Second-degree burns are more severe and affect the outer and secondary layer of skin. These types of burns not only cause redness and pain, but they also make the skin look wet, cause swelling, and create blisters.

Third-degree burns affect the skin and tissue. People with third-degree burns may feel numbness as nerves are destroyed, and these burns typically look leathery or waxy.

Finally, the most severe types of burns-fourth degree burns-affect muscle and bone, along with skin, tissue, and nerves. It is with these burns that people experience blackened skin, and in some cases, a lack of pain due to nerve damage.

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