Answers to Common Burn and Wound Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about burns and wounds.

How is the degree of burn determined or diagnosed?

Dr. Perry discusses how the degree of burn is determined. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


To determine a degree of burn and a diagnosis, it’s important to seek medical attention. Burns can lead to blisters, swelling, scars and even shock and death in extreme cases, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The degree of burn is diagnosed by the level of skin that is damaged by the burn, according to Premier Health Specialists' (PHS) physicians.

There are different levels of second-degree burns. It can take 48 to 72 hours to make a clear diagnosis of the level of burn because the burn can continue to progress during that time, according to PHS physicians.

Something that could look like a superficial second-degree burn at first, could really be a third-degree burn after 72 hours of observation, according to PHS physicians. 

For more information about how the degree of a burn is diagnosed, talk with your physician.

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    Travis Perry, MD, Comprehensive Burn and Wound Specialists

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