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Third-Degree Burn in Children

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    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).

    third-degree burn, skin layers, third-degree burn diagram

    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
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