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Burn Treatment

When should I see a doctor about a burn?

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  • A Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic Surgery, answered
    Seek medical attention for your burn when the burn is at least 5% of your total body surface area, deep 2nd degree or 3 degree burn, involves the vital facial structures (peri-oral or peri-orbital areas), inhalation injury, or signs of infection (fever, celluitis, increase swelling, or pain). 
  • A Alexander Majidian, MD, Plastic Surgery, answered
    When Should I See A Doctor About a Burn?
    A sign that you should see a doctor is when the burn seems like it's getting worse every day. In this video, Alexander Majidian, MD, of West Hills Hospital, discusses some symptoms of a bad burn.
  • ADiscovery Health answered

    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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