Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Arm Burn Overview

What is an arm burn?
A person with an arm burn has an injury to the skin caused by exposure to excessive heat. Sunburn is a common cause of arm burn. A chemical burn, electrical injury, or radiation exposure can also cause burns to the skin. Burns are classified as first-degree burns, second-degree burns, or third-degree burns.

What are the symptoms of an arm burn?
Symptoms of an arm burn depend on the severity of the burn. Common symptoms of a superficial, first-degree burn include skin pain, skin redness, and skin swelling. Second-degree burns cause blisters to form because more of the skin is injured. Severe, third-degree burns cause charring and numbness of the skin because all layers of the skin are injured.

How does the doctor treat an arm burn?
Treatment for an arm burn may include wound care, antibiotic cream, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and narcotic pain medications. Treatment for severe burns may include surgery and skin grafts.

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