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Hot glue gun burn

June 5th, 2015 | Posted by A. Jones in First Aid for Burns - (Comments Off on Hot glue gun burn)

Hot glue gun is a tool that is used for giving out hot melt adhesive and the material that is used to prepare hot glue is a thermoplastic adhesive. It is in long sticks of different diameters and placed in the hot glue gun which is powered by electricity. The heat produced by the electric current melts the stick in the gun and squeezed out from the nozzle to be applied on various objects.

For many years, hot glue has been an effective tool for those who love crafting, scrapbooking and costumes. The use of hot gun is unlimited and safe to use, but there are instances where some suffer from mild burns caused by hot glue guns. They might come in contact with the hot glue that is coming out of the nozzle and burn the skin. The burns from exposure to hot glue are usually minor and sometimes blisters can form.

Treatment and home remedies of hot glue gun burn


Clean the wound using sterile cotton and apply an antibiotic ointment, then cover the area with sterile gauze.

  • It is usually the finger and the wrist area that comes in contact with hot glue. When the hot comes in contact with the skin, place the affected area under flowing tap water, until the burning sensation is minimized at least for 10 minutes or longer.
  • If there is no flowing tap water available, place some water in a bowl and place the affected finger or any part of the body in the water for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • The individual should keep the fingers moving while the glue melt is still hot to avoid the tourniquet effect on the fingers as the glue starts to cool down.
  • Avoid removing the glue when it is in the molten state or the skin will stick to the glue and leaving a deep burnt area.
  • When the hot melt becomes solid and cools down, try to rub it gently using the fingers in order to remove the superficial layer of the glue. Avoid removing the whole melt since it will cause further damage under the wound.
  • Place a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil on cotton until it is totally soaked, then gently rub it to the glue in order to make the glue soft and easy to be removed. Once the glue is removed, keep the affected area under flowing water for a few minutes
  • Dab the affected area with diluted vinegar in order to minimize pain.
  • Clean the wound using sterile cotton and apply an antibiotic ointment, then cover the area with sterile gauze.
  • If a small blister develops, avoid bursting the blister. In a few days, the blister will just open up by itself. Seek medical help immediately if the wound becomes worse, becomes more painful and takes a longer time to heal.
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