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Topic: First Aid: Strategies for hot glue gun burns  (Read 1110 times)
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« on: November 09, 2012 10:28:23 AM »

So... fellow craftsters, it's happend to all of us...a searing glob of glue on the skin.  But my question is when the you get burnt with hot glue are you supposed to take it off right away?  Or let it cool down first?   Huh

I ask because more forearm grazed across a dime sized dollop of hot glue and attached itself to my skin.  I tired to take it off while still hot...buuut it took a good hunk of epidermis with it - like I could actually see the layers...

Do you let it cool down so you can pick it off better?  Or take it off right away?  Because I got a hole in my arm, but no burn...

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012 11:40:17 AM »

I would go and run the arm under cool water and cool off both the glue and arm, to prevent any further burn damage, and because you don't want to hurt yourself touching any more hot glue with your other hand.

« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2012 08:11:10 AM »

Def run it under cool water. When you get it off putting egg whites on the burn will make it feel better pretty quickly. (I used to work in a restaurant and that's what our chefs did. You need to apply, let it dry, then apply again.)

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2012 12:31:39 AM »

Put it under cool water, not cold and especially not ice cold. Do NOT under any circumstances put ice on it, either, as that will make the burn more severe.
If you have an aloe vera plant, break a leaf off it and squeeze the juice from it onto the burn.
If you don't have an aloe plant, you can buy aloe vera gel at any retailer or pharmacy that sells sunblock and sun burn care. It never hurts to keep this on hand, just in case.
If you bandage it, use gauze and don't wrap it tightly. Wrap it very loosely if you must wrap it. If you have an aloe plant, split the leaf and bandage it to the burn if you like. No aloe plant, put aloe gel on it before wrapping.
It's actually better if you don't wrap it though. (I forget the why of it!)

I learned all of the above when my older brother was burned years ago as well as from my own numerous accidents with a glue gun, as well as a few minor kitchen mishaps.

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