How To Treat A Welding Burn

Welding is a dangerous but necessary job. It requires a lot of skill because it involves working with heated metals and sources that produce heat. A common type of welding called arc welding uses a heat source that emits UV rays that can cause serious damage to your skin. Here are some tips for treating a welding burn.

1. Get Out of the Heat

If you've been burned by the arc welding process, then you are going to need to get out of your protective gear for welding and sit down in order to cool off. This will give you the time and space that you need to examine the burn.

2. Make It More Comfortable

Because arc welding burns are a result of UV rays, you treat such a burn in a manner that is typical of treating a sunburn. If you look at the burn and it starts to blister, this means that it has gone beyond a second-degree burn and needs to be looked at by a doctor. You want to make yourself more comfortable until the doctor arrives. In order to decrease the pain of the blistering, fill a bucket full of cold water and put the part of your body that has been burned into the water. This will help numb your burn. Do not use ice cubes because they can attach to the burned skin and, when removed, pull away the top layer of skin.

If your burn is not blistering, then a topical cream will work. For a first-degree burn or a burn that is just red, warm to the touch, and somewhat painful, you will just need a cream or a gel that includes aloe. The aloe will help draw out the heat, help your skin heal quickly, and prevent peeling. If you apply aloe, and it doesn't seem to be helping with the pain, you might need something stronger.

3. Treat With an Over-the-Counter Steroid

Another option is to treat the burn with a cream that has steroids in it that you can purchase without a prescription. Call your pharmacy to see what they offer and then choose the cream that is best for your particular symptoms. 

4. Talk to Doctor

Finally, if the topical steroid cream isn't working, go to the doctor. He or she will be able to assess your burns and provide you with a cream or injection that is specifically suited to the amount of skin damage that you have suffered.

For more information, talk to an on-site medical treatment center.

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