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What is the first aid treatment for third-degree burns?

First aid treatment for third-degree burns is as follows:
  • Immediately call 911.
  • Attempt to make the person safe from additional burns or injury.
  • Evaluate the person for breathing and a pulse.
  • Remove any tight clothing, jewelry or belts from the burned areas as they may swell rapidly.
  • Elevate any burned areas above the heart if possible.
  • Cover burned skin with a cool, wet cloth.
Third-degree burns always require evaluation by a doctor. Unless they are very small they cannot heal on their own and require grafting of healthy skin over the area.
 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are the first aid treatment guidelines for full-thickness skin burns:
 
  • Call for medical help.
  • Monitor for responsiveness and breathing.
  • Cover burn lightly with sterile non-stick dressing.
  • Elevate burned area higher than victim's heart, if possible.
  • If face is burned, have person sit up.
  • Keep person warm and comfortable.
  • Monitor and treat for shock if present.

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