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How do you tell how bad a burn is? Answered

Yesterday I was baking a cake and someone spilled water on the floor so I slipped and got a nice burn on my arm from the Just out of the oven pan,And i was woundering how do you tell what degree the burn is!

1)It bleed constantly (humophelia :O)
2)Hurts like a ***** when i extend my arm all the way
3)Went through at least one layer of skin Maybe 2
4)looks NASTY



Best Answer 10 years ago

If you're through the first layer of skin -- ie, if it's not just red and blistered -- it's second degree.

If you've cooked any of the flesh under it -- which it sounds like you have! -- it's third degree.

I really would advise getting to a doctor *NOW* to have it properly cleaned. With second-degree or up you will probably need antibiotics to protect it while the tissue grows back, and to prevent the formation of scar tissue which will limit future mobility.

Basic first-aid principle: Persistent bleeding from anyplace that shouldn't bleed is beyond first aid, and should be looked at by a doctor.

Outside of that: Remember that free medical advice on the web is worth what you paid for it. Maybe less.


10 years ago

It might be an idea to get your Pharmacist to take a look at it, rather than a Doctor,- as a first and perhaps only needed step.


10 years ago

it's kind of between *1 And *2 It's probably a first degree burn but it bleeds more due to hemophilia Oh wells I guess I wont be swimming for a few days.


10 years ago

From typing 'burn' on wikipedia I found this. The same article has loads more information.:

  • First-degree burns are usually limited to redness (erythema), a white plaque and minor pain at the site of injury. These burns involve only the epidermis. Most sunburns can be included as first-degree burns.
  • Second-degree burns manifest as erythema with superficial blistering of the skin, and can involve more or less pain depending on the level of nerve involvement. Second-degree burns involve the superficial (papillary) dermis and may also involve the deep (reticular) dermis layer.
  • Third-degree burns occur when the epidermis is lost with damage to the subcutaneous tissue. Burn victims will exhibit charring and extreme damage of the epidermis, and sometimes hard eschar will be present. Third-degree burns result in scarring and victims will also exhibit the loss of hair shafts and keratin. These burns may require grafting.
  • Fourth-degree burns damage muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue, thus result in charring and catastrophic damage of the hypodermis. In some instances the hypodermis tissue may be partially or completely burned away as well as this may result in a condition called compartment syndrome, which threatens both the life and the limb of the patient. Grafting is required if the burn does not prove to be fatal.