How To Treat Hot Water Burns

Hot water burns can be extremely painful and just as damaging as the fire burns. Unless burns less, it is imperative to contact a physician or expert emergency-care for the most effective treatment options. The best at-home treatment is simply cold running water. Avoid popping blisters, which can lead to scarring. With proper care, your hot water burn heals within a few days.


  • Immediately place your hot water burn under cold water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Elevate the burned area immediately to minimize swelling. Keep the area elevated for at least one hour.
  • Wrap the burned area gently with gauze. Place a cold compress of gauze to relieve pain and swelling. Make sure gauze is a little loose.
  • Update gauze wrap at least once a day. For a first-degree or less burning, you should remove the wrapping after a day or two.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult a doctor immediately if burns on sensitive areas such as your face, hands, feet, chest and genitals. Consult a doctor immediately if burns on an infant or small child. Call 911 immediately if your hot water burn is severe, bleeding or penetrates your meats.
  • Not pop or break any blisters. Do not put any ointment, lotion or cream on the burn. Do not put any food products like yogurt, honey or butter on the burn.
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