First degree burns are considered superficial burns. First degree burns affect the top layer of skin and typically do not require extensive medical treatment to heal. Although first degree burns are not life-threatening they may result in scars, chronic pain, and emotional trauma.
First degree burns may be caused by chemical exposure, fire, electrical exposure, or a number of other causes. Victims suffering from a first-degree burn may suffer additional complications such as infection or fever. These conditions can cause the need for additional medical treatment and recuperation time.