What is a critical burn?

A critical burn requires immediate medical attention. These burns are potentially life threatening, disfiguring, and disabling.

Unfortunately, it often is difficult to tell if a burn is critical. Even superficial burns can be critical if they affect a large area or certain body parts.

You cannot judge a burn’s severity by the person’s level of pain because nerve endings may be destroyed.

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