A grass skin burn is a type of friction burn that comes from the force of your skin rubbing against a grassy surface. These types of burns are most common in children and athletes who may have fallen during a sports activity and slid across the grass. Like any other type of burn, a grass skin burn can be a mild incident or a severe injury that requires a hospital visit. Regardless of the severity of the grass skin burn, you must perform basic first aid on the burn site.
Clean the grass skin burn with mild soap and water. Be careful to remove any debris or foreign bodies from the burn injury to avoid infection. Rinse completely by running cool water over the burn injury. Dry the burn site thoroughly but avoid rubbing it. That can irritate the burn injury further. Instead, pat the burn injury dry.
Apply a topical antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, to the burn site to prevent infection and scarring. If you do not have Neosporin available, aloe vera cream will also help the burn injury heal.
Use a sterile gauze bandage or a clean cloth to loosely bandage the burn site. The bandage should be in place but not tight enough to constrict the burn injury. You want to protect the burn injury from bacteria and foreign objects. You also want to prevent rubbing against the burn site, which can cause irritation.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible if your grass skin burn in particularly large or affects more than one layer of skin because of the increased risk of infection. Those with weak immune systems from health conditions like AIDS, diabetes, or lupus, should also be particularly wary of infection.
Tips & Warnings
- The pain from a grass skin burn can usually be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen. If your pain cannot be soothed by over-the-counter medicine, you should see your doctor. He can evaluate the burn injury and prescribe stronger pain medication.
- Seek medical help as soon as possible for grass skin burns that cover a large area or affect more than one layer of skin. Even small, minor burns on the face, hands, or feet should be attended to by a medical professional because they can cause increased discomfort. If your grass skin burn has been healing and you suddenly experience increased pain, notice red marks emanating from the site, or see pus, you may have a burn infection. Ask your doctor to evaluate the burn injury.
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