Burn Care

Second Degree Electrical Burn

A second degree burn is also called a partial thickness burn. Your skin contains 3 layers. A second degree burn occurs when the first layer and some of the second layer are burned. This type of burn usually heals within 2 to 3 weeks with some scarring.

Contact your healthcare provider or burn specialist if

  • You have a fever.
  • You have increased redness, numbness, or swelling in the burn area.
  • Your wound or bandage is leaking pus and has a bad smell.
  • Your pain does not get better, or gets worse, even after you take pain medicine.
  • You have a dry mouth or eyes.
  • You are overly thirsty or tired.
  • You have dark yellow urine or urinate less than usual.
  • You have a headache or feel dizzy.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care

When should I contact my healthcare provider

You are dizzy or weak.You have stiff joints or muscle pain. You are confused or have memory loss.You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

When should I seek immediate care or call 911

  • You have a fast heartbeat.
  • You have a seizure.
  • You have problems walking or keeping your balance.
  • You suddenly have trouble seeing or hearing.
  • You have red or reddish black urine.
  • You have shortness of breath.

Third Degree Electrical Burn 

A third degree burn is also called a full thickness burn. Your skin contains 3 layers. A third degree burn occurs when all 3 layers are burned. This may also include damage to the bones and muscles. A third degree burn is the most serious type of burn.

Physical therapy

Your muscles and joints may not work well after a second degree burn. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. In addition, the information contained herein may be time sensitive and should not be utilized as a reference resource beyond the date hereof.


You may become dehydrated. You have a higher risk for infection. You may have scarring after the burn heals. Scarring in some places, such as over joints, can cause loss of motion. Without treatment, your burn may become infected, and you may have increased pain. An infected burn will take longer to heal. 


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information applies to your personal circumstances.

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