JON MEYER, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JON MEYER, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Burns on legs. View of legs with second and third degree burns. Second degree burns affect the epidermis (upper) and the dermis (lower) layers of the skin. There is no underlying tissue damage, although scarring may still occur. Third degree burns destroy both skin layers, as well as damaging underlying muscle, fat or bone tissue. They typically appear white. Burns reduce the skin's defence against airborne bacteria, and infections on burn sites are a major concern. Burns are generally dressed with an antibacterial dressing or left exposed to heal naturally with the patient in a sterile environment.
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