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Rubbing Alcohol for the Treatment of Burns

By Krista Sheehan ; Updated July 27, 2017

You easily can treat a minor burn, on a small area of your body, at home. Although there are a variety of ways to treat burns, rubbing alcohol is a quick and easy solution.

Cool Water Rinse

Immerse the burned area in a cool water bath or under cool running water. Keep the area in the water for two to three minutes, or until the pain subsides.

Disinfect Area

After cleaning the area with soap and water, gently disinfect it with rubbing alcohol. Either pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol directly on the burn, or apply with a cotton ball.

Allow For Cooling

Without rubbing it in, allow the rubbing alcohol to sit on the skin for one minute. As the alcohol evaporates, it will help cool the burn.

Wrap Area

After disinfecting the area with rubbing alcohol, cover the burn loosely with sterile gauze.

Follow-Up Care

Unwrap the burn twice a day to allow the area to breathe. Reapply rubbing alcohol as necessary to disinfect the area.

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