Never apply ice to burns as it can further damage the skin. If the burn covers a broad area of skin or occurs on the face, hands, feet, groin, or major joint, seek medical treatment. These burns typically heal in three weeks or less.
Third-Degree (and Higher) Burn
Third-degree and higher burns are the most severe types, affecting every layer of skin. This level of injury may give the skin a leathery texture or make it look white, waxy, or charred.
Never try to treat a third-degree (or higher) burn at home. Instead:
- Immediately call 911.
- Try to keep the wounded area above your heart.
- Make sure there is no clothing stuck to the burn.