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How to Treat an Iron Burn

Updated February 21, 2017

It is not uncommon to burn yourself while ironing. These burns are painful and need to be treated correctly so that they heal quickly and do not become infected. With proper treatment of iron burns, prolonged pain, itching and scarring can be avoided. Sometimes iron burns can be treated at home; other times it is best to go to the emergency room.

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  1. Check the severity of the burn. The symptoms of a minor burn include redness, pain and slight swelling. In this case only the top layer of skin is burnt. A second-degree burn is moderately serious: it will be blotchy looking and very blistered. If you have sustained a burn that is more severe than a second-degree burn, go to the doctor immediately. Go to the doctor immediately for any burn larger than 2 inches in diameter.

  2. Run cold water over a minor or a second-degree burn. You can also use ice to cool the area down, but do not put the ice directly on the skin. Burnt skin is very sensitive and you may get frostbite.

  3. Air-dry the burn and then apply a water-based lotion or burn cream. Lotion or cream will keep the skin moist, thus preventing itching. Lotion will also keep the gauze from sticking to the skin and ward off many infections. Make sure the lotion is fully absorbed into the skin. If your burn starts to blister keep the blisters intact: never try to pop, open or drain a blister, and do not apply too much pressure to blisters.

  4. Apply sterile gauze or a sterile bandage to your burn. Choose medicated gauze over regular gauze. Medicated gauze will keep the burn moist and will stop the skin from sticking to the gauze. If all you can locate is standard gauze, make sure it has a non-stick lining.

  5. Use medical tape to hold the gauze in place. Wrap the burn loosely so that the blisters are not put under pressure and can heal well. Change your burn dressing twice a day at regular intervals.

  6. Tip

    An interesting additional piece of information is that there is a plant that you can grow in your home that you can use to treat burns. The aloe plant is a very common house plant that treats many skin irritations. If you have a burn, just snap off one of the leaves of an aloe plant and apply some of the gel that is inside. You can find one of these plants at any plant store. Make sure the burn victim is not allergic to aloe vera gel, as some individuals are.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold water/ice
  • Lotion/burn cream
  • Sterile gauze/sterile bandage
  • Medical tape

About the Author

Norah Faith was born and raised in Texas and from there she has traveled nationally and internationally. After acquiring her teaching license from New Mexico State University, she found herself teaching ESL around the world. She continues to teach today and finds satisfaction writing for Demand Studios and other sites.

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