Do you know the difference between first, second, and third degree burns? Watch this video, featuring Jenny Ziembicki, MD, to learn the difference. According to Dr. Ziembicki, any second or third degree burn should receive medical attention.

First Degree Burns

  • Skin is red but intact

Second Degree Burns

  • Superficial – wet & blistering
  • Deep – dry & require surgery

Third Degree Burns

  • Affect all layers of the skin
  • Requires medical attention and surgery

To learn more, visit the UPMC Mercy Burn Center website.

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