Third-degree burns, also called full-thickness burns, are a type of burn that damages the underlying tissue and the skin. They're more severe than first- or second-degree burns and they almost always necessitate skin grafts. A person with a third-degree burn will need to be admitted to the hospital. The extent, severity, and location of the burn will determine the treatment.
If someone suspects they have a third-degree burn, they should seek medical help right away. These burns and their complications can be fatal if not treated.
Common symptoms of third-degree burns are:
Contact or exposure to the following will usually result in third-degree burns:
Treatment for third-degree burns may include: