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At what temperature do third degree burns occur?

At what temperature do third degree burns occur?

It varies a lot: This depends on the source of the heat, temperature and duration of contact. One reference quotes the following: hot water causes third degree burns… …in 1 second at 156º …in 2 seconds at 149º …in 5 seconds at 140º …in 15 seconds at 133º the very young and elderly are more suceptable. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burns (Definition)

To the skin and possibly deeper structures. 1st-degree is into the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. 2nd-degree is into the dermis, or bottom layer of the skin. 3rd-degree is all the way through the skin. 4th-degree is into deeper ...Read more


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Any advice? What temperature(f) causes second or third degree burns?

144 degrees: The break point is 144 degrees f, below that for about 10 degrees there can be reddening but no damage. Above 144, depending upon the part of the body (for instance skin on the inner thigh is more vulnerable), and the length of exposure, there will be more damage. There is no breakpoint temperature for 2nd to 3rd, just a matter of time. ...Read more

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Could you die from third degree burns?

Yes: Especially if it covers a significant surface area or the lesions become infected. ...Read more

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Could third-degree burns stay for life?

Could third-degree burns stay for life?

Scars: Third degree burns are deep burns that tend to scar the skin. The scars would be there for life. ...Read more

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Are third degree burns partly characterized by a white color?

Are third degree burns partly characterized by a white color?

3rd burn appearance: Possible but best to see a doctor to determine exactly the degree of burn.. ...Read more

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Could third degree burns heal naturally or do you need medical attention?

If you truly have...: A 3rd-degree, or full-thickness, burn, unless it is very small or narrow and can heal in from the sides, it will need to be skin grafted to fully heal it. Partial-thickness (i.e., 2nd-degree) burns will heal in 1 to 3 weeks. If your wound is not fully healed after 3 weeks, you should see a general, plastic, or burn surgeon. ...Read more

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Third degree burns, need some tips on dealing with this?

Third degree burns, need some tips on dealing with this?

ER/burn center!: 3rd degree burns are not to be trifled with. This is by definition full thickness skin loss that left untreated can lead to infection, damage to underlying structures (such as tendons$, loss of function from scar contractures, and even death depending on the size. If you have a 3rd degree burn really of any size you should be seen by a health professional with significant burn experience. ...Read more

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Could third degree burns be removed by plastic surgery?

Could third degree burns be removed by plastic surgery?

Excised but replaced: Scars can be excised or removed but they will likely be replaced with other scars that are either less prominent, problematic, or can be better concealed in anatomic landmarks or in certain clothing. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a scar from my third degree burns?

Burn scar: Third degree burn will leave a scar. You may need to see a plastic surgeon to minimize the scarring. ...Read more