Burns and scalds are injuries to the skin caused by heat. Burns are caused by dry heat, e.g. fire or a clothes iron and are classified between the different degrees of burns, from first degree (least serious) to third degree (most serious).
Scalds are caused by liquids, steam and chemicals.
Both can be very painful and lead to blisters or red, black or charred skin.
For first-degree and second-degree burns on a small area:
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