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What are the signs of third-degree burns?

Signs of third-degree burns include damage to all layers of the skin and blood vessels supporting the skin. Third-degree burns usually have a white or even leathery appearance and are numb to the touch.
 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are the signs of full thickness (aka third-degree) burns:
 
  • Damage to all layers of skin, including nerves
  • Painless (because nerves have been damaged)
  • White or black dry, leathery skin
  • Possible charring of skin edges
  • Area often surrounded by superfical (first degree) and partial thickness (second degree) burns

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