Question: How do you know a burn is serious?

In general, if the burn covers more skin than the size of the palm of your hand it needs medical attention. Signs of infection. If the pain increases, there is redness or swelling, or liquid or a foul odor is coming from the wound then the burn is likely infected. Worsening over time.

When does a burn need medical attention?

In general, the major issues when treating burns are pain control, preventing infection, and achieving a good cosmetic outcome. If there are signs of skin infection, such as increasing redness, pain, pus-like discharge, or temperature greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC, you should seek medical attention right away.

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