How to soothe a steam burn

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How to soothe a steam burn
Treat superficial steam burns yourself and seek a doctor for severe burns. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cold water
  • Soap
  • Fan
  • Aloe vera
  • Gauze
  • Tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Dry the steam burn with a fan.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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