Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Skin Burn Outlook

What to expect with burns:

  • First degree burns usually heal with little or no scarring or complications.
  • Deeper burns are more likely to cause scarring.
  • Superficial second degree burns usually heal in 2-3 weeks.
  • Death rates from burns are highest in children under 4, and in the elderly.
  • Most deaths from fires are due to smoke inhalation.

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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