What to do if you get hot glue gun burns
I have been working with glue guns for a long time(since 11 years) and even though I use them all the time, I still get burned.
Hello, my name is Piyush and I run a craft store in Hyderabad, India and have been dealing with crafts and handmade materials for 15 years.
- Remove rings, bracelets, watches, etc. from the affected area. These may cause tightness or constriction if any swelling occurs.
- Cool the burnt area immediately with cold running water.
- Continue cooling with water for at least 10 minutes.
- A cold compress such as a towel soaked in cold water may be soothing over the burnt area. Apply this only after the initial cooling under cold water.
Things not to do
- Do not remove the adhesive from the skin. Once the hot melt has cooled, it will not harm the skin. It will, in fact, protect the burnt area.
- Do not apply creams, ointments, oils, grease, etc., or put on an adhesive, sticky, or fluffy dressing.
- Do not prick any blisters.
Go straight to casualty, after cooling with water and first aid, if
- The burn has caused the skin to char or turns white. These are known as the third degree or deep burns.
- The burn has caused the skin to blister, in particular on the face, hands, arms, feet or legs. These are known as the second degree or partial burns.
- The burn area is larger than the size of the hand of the person affected.
You should place a non-fluffy, non-adhesive material over larger or more serious burns before going to casualty. Cling-film is ideal and is also soothing.
See a doctor or nurse as soon as possible if
- The burn becomes infected. The infection causes a spreading redness from the burn which becomes more painful.
- You are not up to date with tetanus immunization.
- Blisters occur. You may be happy to deal with small burns with one or two small blisters. However, a blister means a second-degree burn, and it may be best to see a doctor or nurse.