Burned By a Hot Glue Gun? Here’s What To Do.

 How To Treat a Hot Glue Burn


1. Do not wipe the glue off with your fingers, as it will burn them too.

Resist the urge to immediately wipe the hot glue from the affected area. This will only cause more damage. Additionally, if you do wipe the hot glue off with fabric, this could lead to ripping the burned skin off the affected area. Removing the skin from a burn will increase the amount of time need to heal and will be extremely painful. 


2. Place the burn under cool running water or in a bowl of cool water. Use cool water, not ice water.

Cool water is better than ice water for treating burns because ice water can cause the blood vessels to constrict, which can lead to decreased blood flow and potentially make the burn worse. Cool water, on the other hand, helps to soothe the burn and reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation without causing further harm to the affected area. 


3. Remove any rings or tight jewelry while cooling the burn.

Rings and jewelry should be removed when treating a burn because they can act as a tourniquet and cause constriction of blood flow to the affected area. This can lead to increased swelling and worsen the burn injury. Additionally, if the burn area swells, removing rings and jewelry may become difficult, which can cause additional discomfort or even further injury.


4. Continue to cool the burn with water for at least 10 minutes. 

In some cases, a minor burn can be treated at home, but in others, seeking medical attention is necessary. If you’re not sure whether a burn requires medical attention, err on the side of caution and seek help. A doctor or healthcare professional can assess the injury and provide the best course of treatment to help ensure a full recovery.


5.Rub the dried glue gently while keeping the burn in water. If skin starts peeling away with the glue, stop trying to remove it and contact a doctor.

It is dangerous to remove the skin from a burn. Removing the skin can cause further damage to the underlying tissues and increase the risk of infection. It’s important to leave the burn covered with a sterile dressing and seek medical help if the burn is large or deep, or if there is any sign of infection such as redness, swelling, or discharge.


6.Soak a cotton ball in olive oil and rub it over any residual glue. Rinse the olive oil away completely with more cool water.

This is because the oil can slowly soften the adhesive, allowing it to be gently removed from the skin. To use this method, soak a cotton wool pad in olive oil and apply it to the affected area. Gently move the pad in a circular motion to soften the glue.


7.Pat the burn dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Apply an antiseptic and cover the burn with a sterile bandage.

When treating a burn, it’s important to use antiseptic to prevent infection. Burns can break the skin and leave it vulnerable to bacteria and other pathogens, which can lead to an infection. Antiseptic helps to kill these pathogens and reduce the risk of infection.


8. Watch for signs of infection and seek medical attention if needed.


If you get hot melt glue on your skin, immediately immerse it in cold water for 10 minutes to relieve burning. Do not try to remove the molten glue, which could cause more damage. When removing dried glue, seek medical attention and use olive oil or liquid paraffin to soften it. Treat any resulting burns as advised by a doctor.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.