How to soothe a steam burn

Updated February 21, 2017

Steam burns, like all other burns, range in severity. Severe steam burns require the attention of a doctor to prevent infection and prescribe the necessary medication to make a full recovery. Superficial steam burns to the first layer of skin, on the other hand, only require attention at home for a full recovery. Soothe and prevent a steam burn from getting worse by taking immediate action, reducing the heat around the burn and covering the injured area to prevent infection.

Run cold water immediately over the injured part of the body. Continue running the water until the steam burn no longer has a burning sensation.

Cover the steam burn with a small amount of liquid soap. Do not scrub. Completely wash off the soap when finished.

Dry the steam burn with a fan.

Apply aloe vera gel to the injured area. Aloe vera helps soothe the pain and also aids in the recovery process.

Cover the steam burn with gauze and tape. Use moderate pressure when taping the gauze to ensure it adheres to the skin around the injury.

Take over-the-counter pain medication to reduce any lingering pain. Seek medical attention if severe pain from the steam burn continues.


Do not use lotions or creams on any burns as these can cause an infection. Also avoid ice and ice water. The extreme temperature change can damage the skin further.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold water
  • Soap
  • Fan
  • Aloe vera
  • Gauze
  • Tape
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David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.