What Are The Various Types of Burns? | Dr. Dodaro Explains

Date Created: 09/12/2016
By Christopher Hamann, M.D., ABEM, ACEP


Did you know that if you go out into the sun and get a burn, it is actually a first-degree burn? Most sunburns cause mild pain and will appear red on the outer layer of the skin. While not severe, it is painful and can cause skin damage from ultraviolet rays.

If you touch a hot pot on a stove and your skin blisters, that is a second-degree burn. This type of burn, while not ideal, is also not severe.

A third-degree burn would result from something like touching a flame to the extent that your skin begins to change color and you lose sensation. This is the most severe type of burn.

Whether medical attention is needed for a burn depends on the degree of burn, where it is located on your body and how much of your body is covered.

For more information, watch this video as Dr. Nicholas Dodaro of GuideWell Emergency Doctors shares information about burns:


GuideWell Emergency Doctors can help no matter what degree burn you have. Our urgent care facilities are located in the Orlando area and we will soon be opening a third location in Ocoee.

Christopher Hamann, M.D., ABEM, ACEP

Dr. Hamann is board certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida HSC, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Hamann has held positions as Staff Physician at Cleveland Clinic Hospital-Naples and as Assistant Director of Emergency Medicine at Physicians Regional Medical System in Naples, Florida. Dr. Hamann has many interests including architecture, landscape design, surfing, paddle boarding, mountain biking, cooking, and baking. He and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters.

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