Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Burn to the Scalp Overview

Another name for Burn to the Scalp is Scalp Burn.

What is a scalp burn?
A person with a scalp burn has an injury to the skin caused by exposure to excessive heat. Sunburn is a common cause of scalp 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 a scalp burn?
Symptoms of a scalp 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 a scalp burn?
Treatment for a scalp 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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