There are three classifications for burns:

  • 1st degree burns are the least serious.
  • 2nd degree burns involve the 1st and 2nd layers of skin.
  • 3rd degree burns are the most serious and involve all layers of skin, including fat and potentially muscle.

First degree burns only involve the outer layer of skin. Typically, the skin is red and there may be some pain and swelling. Unless substantial portions of skin are involved in the burn, it can be treated as minor.

Second degree burns involve the first and second layers of skin. Blisters will develop and the skin will be intensely red with severe pain. If possible, cover the burn with a cool, moist cloth or towel and seek medical help.

Third degree burns cause permanent skin damage. In this instance, the skin may be charred black or appear dry and white. Third degree burns are medical emergencies. If possible, the burn should be covered with a cool, moist cloth or towel.

Our Neighborhood Walk-In Clinic is:

  • Walk-in friendly
  • Open 7 days a week 8am-8pm
  • In-network for most Washington insurers
  • Open extended hours
  • Equipped with X-Ray and Lab on-site
  • Staffed by Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners