Second-Degree (Partial Thickness) Burns

Nutrition for Special Groups 3(3+0)

Lesson 35 : Burns

Second-Degree (Partial Thickness) Burns

Second-degree burns involve the epidermis and part of the dermis layer of skin. The burn site appears red, blistered, and may be swollen and painful.


In most cases, second-degree burns are caused by the following:

  • scald injuries
  • flames
  • skin that briefly comes in contact with a hot object

The following are the most common signs and symptoms of a second-degree burn. However, each child/person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • blisters
  • deep redness
  • burned area may appear wet and shiny
  • skin that is painful to the touch
  • burn may be white or discolored in an irregular pattern

The symptoms of a second-degree burn may resemble other conditions or medical problems.

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