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Full Thickness Burns (Third Degree)

The skin may appear dry and may be charred black or white. There will be no sensation of pain in the area because the nerve endings have been destroyed. These burns will not heal on their own and treatment may include:

  • Wound cleaning and debriding (removal of dead tissue) 

  • Antibiotic ointment 

  • Intravenous (IV) or oral antibiotics 

  • Intravenous fluids 

  • Pain medication 

  • Skin grafting (a piece of undamaged skin is surgically transplanted to cover the burned area)
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

This page was last updated at 2:25PM on November 16, 2021.