Minor Burns

There are three classifications for burns:

  • First-degree burns are the least serious.
  • Second-degree burns involve the 1st and 2nd layers of skin.
  • Third-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. All first-degree burns can be seen in our urgent care clinics. 

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. Most second-degree burns should be treated in the Emergency Room. If you are unsure, you can call our urgent care clinics, and we will direct you to the right place!

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. All third-degree burns should be treated in the Emergency Room.