Dry ice has to be handled with an abundance of caution because even short contact with exposed skin can cause burns. There are plenty of old wives’ tales about burn treatment and quick remedies, but it’s best not to mess around with those and risk damaging your skin for a long time. This post will offer some instructions for treating any minor burns you may get mishandling dry ice.
Assessing the Damage
If you touched dry ice with your bare skin and you feel pain afterward, then your first step is to check how severely you’ve burned yourself. If you only have a small red mark, then there’s not much you can or should do to treat it. It will heal by itself in a few days, and any discomfort in the meantime won’t be too much to handle. If you inspect the burned area and find any broken skin or open blisters, you need to worry about preventing infection.
Caring for a Bad Burn
For relief from a deeper burn, the best thing is to run the area under lukewarm water. To help it heal, you can apply a small amount of burn ointment and wrap it in a bandage. Follow the listed instructions for any topical medicine you use. You should see a steady and familiar healing process from there. Accidents can happen, and it is up to us to make good decisions after the fact.
Leave it to the Experts
In the event that you have any prolonged contact with dry ice and sustain severe frostbite, you have to seek medical attention. The only way to be safe after this happens is to let a doctor see and treat the afflicted area. Dry ice is extensively used in many contexts, and when users take the right precautions then it doesn’t present any issues. This is why it is so rare that anyone gets badly injured when working with it. However, being irresponsible with dry ice can lead to a severely painful and expensive experience.
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