A stove burn is due to contact with a heated stove burner. In most cases, it might take time to heal and might even leave a scar behind. The injury can be categorized based on the span of tissue affected and how deep they are.
A first-degree stove burn is characterized by reddening, minimal pain or discomfort and swelling. As for a second-degree burn, it causes moderate pain with reddened skin blisters that might rupture and drain fluid. A third-degree burn usually penetrates and damages the deep layers of skin tissue which results to a charred appearance and there is absence of pain if the nerve cells were destroyed. A stove burn that is categorized as a first-degree burn that can be readily managed at home. Nevertheless, for a second or third-degree burn, it is vital to seek immediate medical care.
Steps in caring for a stove burn
- Cool the site of the stove burn. Position the burn site right away under cool running water for 10-15 minutes. Once the affected area is cooled, it helps reduce the swelling by steering heat away from the burn site. Avoid using ice or water that is excessively cold on the burn site since it can lead to frostbite that can cause further damage to the skin.
- Utilize an antimicrobial soap to cleanse the site of the stove burn after running it under cool water. Avoid scrubbing the site of the burn.
- Immerse the site of the stove burn in milk or place a cloth soaked in whole milk for up to 15 minutes. The presence of fats in milk can help soothe the stove burn as well as promote healing. Do not forget to rinse the skin and washcloth thoroughly under cool water for a few minutes after.
- Dab on an antibiotic ointment to lessen the risk for infections. Cover the site of the stove burn loosely using sterile gauze and leave in place for 24 hours after soaking in milk. By covering the burn, it helps protect the blisters as well as prevent exposure to the air particles and dust.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on a stove burn is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly care for this type of burn by taking a standard first aid course with Saskatoon First Aid.