Answers to Common Burn and Wound Questions

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

What are the different degrees of burns?

Dr. Perry discusses different degrees of burns. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There are four different degrees of burn depth, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians.

The four degrees of burns, according to PHS physicians and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are:

  • First-degree burn – This superficial burn that is the most common type of burn. It damages only the outer layer of skin.
  • Second-degree burn – This types of burn affects both the outer layer and next layer of skin. 
  • Third-degree burn – Burns of this degree damage deeper tissue and requires surgery to try to repair the damage.
  • Fourth-degree burn – An uncommon type of burn that is usually only caused by electrical injuries. It causes damage deeper that the skin, into the muscles, tendons, and bones.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the different degrees of burns.

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Travis Perry, MD, Comprehensive Burn and Wound Specialists

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