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Dee Dee C
I burned my arm on my curling iron......?
On Monday - it's blistered in two different parts. One part busted - but the skin isn't peeling and its seeming to be doing well. The other part busted and the skin has peeled away and hurts very badly still. (it's also seeping....so I've been trying to keep it covered.)

I've been using Neosporin and a burn cream in my work's first aid kit and keeping it covered - but I can't seem to get it to heal. Do I need to leave it uncovered? I'm worried about it possibly getting infected.....

Any advise is appreciated!

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For minor burns, including second-degree burns limited to an area no larger than 2 to 3 inches in diameter, take the following action:

*Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cold running water for at least 5 minutes, or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cold water or cool it with cold compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. Don't put ice on the burn.

*Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don't use fluffy cotton, which may irritate the skin. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the burned skin, reduces pain and protects blistered skin.

*Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Never give aspirin to children or teenagers.

Minor burns usually heal without further treatment. They may heal with pigment changes, meaning the healed area may be a different color from the surrounding skin. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops, seek medical help. Avoid re-injuring or tanning if the burns are less than a year old — doing so may cause more extensive pigmentation changes. Use sunscreen on the area for at least a year.


>Don't use ice. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause frostbite, further damaging your skin.

>Don't break blisters. Broken blisters are vulnerable to infection.

It sounds like a second degree burn. That's so painful. You can cover it in a non-stick dressing specially designed for wounds like burns. I agree, you don't want it to get infected. I use lots of lavender essential oil on burns. I gave myself a second degree burn on tues on a outdoor light - it blistered right up. I use the lavender (or fresh lavender flowers in water) and aloe vera gel along with cold water immediately on all burns - i keep applying it regularly. my burns almost better. Have you seen a dr? if it's not healing it may need some heavy duty treatment. Hope you get better!

Ouch. Firstly, I am not a medical professional, but I have had many burns. It needs to breath, but you also do not want it to get infected. There are antiseptic sprays that will keep it clean and won't smother it like a cream/ salve will. I would suggest using one of those sprays and keeping it covered (loosely) with a band-aid large enough to cover the burn, while letting in air. It needs to start scabbing to start healing. I would also suggest talking to a pharmacist.

Nah, go the alternative med way - apply Neat, if tolerable, essential oil of Lavender.

as that begins to mend it apply Aloe Vera jelly to it faithfully everyday.

Use bacitracin, a clear anticeptic gel...and keep it uncovered "after" the seeping has stopped.

You may want to get something with a mild anesthetic as well, to limit the pain. Over the counter meds, like Motrin will also limit the pain/swelling.

just use a bandaid and keep it clean.
dont mess with it, let it heal by itself

This is only Thursday. You probably will not see results until at least Saturday. Just watch for infection. You are doing all the right things to treat it. You should keep the covering on it, but make sure it is loose. I got a 3rd degree burn from a curling iron so it was deep. On the 5th day I uncovered it after treating it.

Matthew is so correct about the newer gel bandages for burns. They really help a bad burn. Silvadene is the best for burns.

Dee Dee, the most important thing to do is to keep it clean. If I were you, I would cleanse it daily with soap and water and maybe use a wash cloth to cleanse it in a circular motion from the inside of the wound to the outter edges. This will help remove the dead skin which is a breeding ground for bacteria in burns. If the skin bleeds a little that's good because it means your tissue is trying to granulate(produce new and viable tissue) Perhaps you could start backing off on the ointments and just cleanse it daily and keep it covered. If persistant or incresed pain and or swelling develop, your going to need to see a doctor.

Matthew W
It's tough without seeing it. Antibiotics aren't needed, but sometimes I give them if I think the patient will not be able to keep themselves clean. There is better cream like Silvadene that I use plus bandages especially for burns. You should go to the ER or your clinician to get these. It will take awhile to heal.

Leave it uncovered this will help dry the blisters, once it start to scab, use a scar preventing cream, I had the same accident, but i caught the curling iron and burned my tummy, using this cream, no scar, a bit of discoloration, but no scar girl!

People don't realize how much a burn from a curling iron really hurts!!!!! The price we pay to look Pretty :D

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