When should I see a doctor about a burn?

When you have a burn, if the skin looks blistered or if the burned area is bigger than the palm of your hand, you need to see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if the burn is on parts of your body that bend, like your knee or elbow, and if it involves your face, neck, hands or feet.

When a burn exceeds 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, seek medical assistance. If the burn occurs on your face, hands, scalp, joint area or other sensitive or thin-skinned area, you should see a doctor. If the burn is a chemical or electrical burn, call for emergency help.

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