What is a third-degree burn?
A third-degree burn is referred to as a full-thickness burn. This type of burn destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the entire layer beneath (or dermis).
What causes a third-degree burn?
In most cases, third-degree burns are caused by the following:
- a scalding liquid
- skin that comes in contact with a hot object for an extended period of time
- flames from a fire
- an electrical source
- a chemical source