Hot wax has long been used as a form of hair removal in different parts of the body. Even though this beauty procedure was only performed by the professionals, it is regularly carried out at home at the present. It is sad to note that if the wax is overheated, it can burn the skin. Wax burns can also occur in other ways such as exposure of the skin to spilled candles. Regardless of how the wax gets in contact with the skin, there are first aid measures that you can perform in order to treat the resulting burn. You can even enroll in a first aid course so that you are prepared to handle burn injuries.
First aid care for hot wax burns
If an individual sustains a hot wax burn by using wax for hair removal or exposure to wax such as burning candles, you have to take into consideration these measures to provide relief.
Cooling the affected area
Once an individual sustains a hot wax burn, you have to immediately immerse the affected area in cool water for at least 20 minutes. Once the affected area has cooled, lift it from the water and attempt to detach the cooled and tough wax. If the wax can be easily lifted, steadily remove it. In case the wax stays embedded on the skin or pain is triggered once you attempt to lift it, simply leave it in place temporarily. Cover the affected area with a cool, damp cloth and allow it to stay in place for 10 minutes.
Assess the affected area
You have to remove the damp cloth and assess the burn. Always remember that treating a burn requires proper evaluation of the extent of damage sustained. If the area is red and painful and does not cover an area bigger than a quarter, it can be treated with first aid measures at home. Nevertheless, if the edges of the burn are either black or white, muscle or bone can be seen or the burned area is bigger than a quarter, it is best to seek medical care. The same is also applicable if the burn is on the face, hands, feet or pelvic area.
If the wax burn can be treated at home, you have to remove any leftover wax. If the wax is situated close to a blister, it is best to leave it alone since attempting to remove it will cause the blister to break, thus increasing the risk for infection. In case there are no blisters close to the wax, apply petroleum jelly over the wax. You have to rub in a gentle manner on the surface of the wax. Wait for at least 10 minutes so that the wax will soften and then wipe away using a tissue. Clean the affected area using soap and water to remove any traces of the petroleum jelly.
Once the wax is completely removed, apply a small amount of vitamin E or aloe vera on the affected area. Both can help soothe the burning sensation while at the same time promote the healing process. Apply a light layer of honey before covering the affected area using a sterile dressing. Take note that honey has antibacterial properties that will help prevent infection.