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How do you handle a burn on your lip?

Asked by LifeQuestioner (1868points) 2 weeks ago

Nothing too serious, but I got home from work today and I was simply ravenous because it had just been an insane day. I heated up some leftovers in the microwave and then I went to eat and I must have misjudged how hot the food was. So at one point a piece of the hot food touched my lip for a moment and although you can hardly see it in the mirror, I can feel the sore spot on my lip. I’ve been putting some Neosporin/ bacetracin on it, and it’s been helping a little, but I would more than welcome any other suggestions people have.

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

A small bag of frozen peas, on the affected area might help. Just don’t put the ice directly on the skin/mouth/lip. Put a face cloth in-between the ice and the lip.

LifeQuestioner's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 thanks! I had thought about doing something like this but I was worried that the cold might dry out my lips too much and make it worse. I think I’ll try this before I go to bed.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@LifeQuestioner@RedDeerGuy1 is correct; however, it works better if you use the ice immediately after the burn. I’m interested in knowing if you tried it & if it helped using it later???

Another thing that will help is the gel out of an aloe vera plant. I keep a couple of the plants growing in my home for emergencies. When I don’t have an available plant, my go to is ice!!! Once again, both work better if you use them immediately!!!

kritiper's avatar

Employ a roach clip.

seawulf575's avatar

A lot of good answers here. As with all minor burns, cooling the area (to stop the cooking) is the first course of action. I’ve always heard that you shouldn’t put ice directly onto the area as that can actually damage the skin. But something less extreme or direct is always good.

LifeQuestioner's avatar

@LadyMarissa I am really late responding to this, but yes, I did try the ice (although not immediately following after. Even having a cloth between my lip and the ice, it irritated it badly, so I quickly stopped that. I didn’t think of aloe at the time, but if it ever happens again, I will keep that in mind.

@seawulf575 sounds like I should have been quicker to treat the burn, but I had never burned my lip before and so wasn’t thinking.

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