Third Degree Burns

What is a Third Degree Burn?

Also known as a full thickness burn, a third degree burn involves damage to the top two layers of skin as well as the tissue below. There may be blackened areas of skin and exposed fat tissue. Some burns may impact the nerves making part of the burn non-painful. However, it is likely that a third degree burn will have areas of a partial thickness burn around it, which will still be painful.

How Should You Treat a Third Degree Burn?

A full thickness burn requires immediate medical attention. Do not attempt to rinse the burn, apply creams, or remove clothing or jewellery at the site.

  1. Call 000 immediately for urgent medical assistance.