Third Degree Burn

Overview

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