Last Updated on January 24, 2023
The trampoline is a great pastime for the whole family. However, there are some risks and negative effects too for which trampoline injuries may occur. Trampoline burn, more specifically friction burn is a common minor injury that happened in backyard trampolines and trampoline parks often.
But, don’t worry too much as most burns heal within a week or two. Depending upon the severity of the burn, you can treat it at home or hospital. Here, we’re going to discuss how to treat trampoline burns.
What is a Trampoline Burn?
Trampoline burns are basically friction burns that happen due to excessive friction to our body parts like the face, hands, legs, and so on with the trampoline mat. Friction between the mat and our skin causes heat up to our skin. It’s very common and can be treated at home without visiting ER.
Elbows and knee burns happen very often due to continuous abrasion with the mat surface. This occurs for kids most commonly. The treatment for trampoline burn isn’t much difficult and in most cases, you can heal it at home if it’s not so severe.
However, extreme burns may need medical treatment. So, it’s necessary to know about the trampoline burn treatment and how to get rid of it.
Identify the Severity of the Burn
Before treating friction burns, it’s essential to understand how severe the damage is. This will help to treat the burn in the right way. When the burn damages the top layer of the skin only, you can treat it at home but for deeper damages, you need professional treatment.
The blisters are a sign of the severity of the burn. If you see any charring or whitish marks, this indicates high-degree burns and, in this case, immediate medical attention is required. How much the burn spread and where is it located is also important. When burns occur in a sensitive area, visit the urgent care instantly.
How to Treat a Trampoline Burn (Minor) at Home?
If you suffer from minor trampoline burns, you can treat them at home easily by applying some common tricks. Trampoline burn is less likely to be a bloody effect. Still, they might be infected, thus cleaning and treating the spot is important.
There are several steps to treat trampoline burns such as-
Step 1: Run under Cold and Warm Soapy Water
Don’t wait after getting burned. Run cold water in the affected spot for a few minutes. This will lessen swelling and inflammation heavily.
As the skin is the front-line defense of the body thus open wounds may cause infections. When trampoline burns occur, the filth of the mat may harm the wounded area. So, it’s important to clean the burn with a tissue or washcloth. After that, clean the burning place again with antibacterial soap and mildly warm water.
Step 2: Apply Antibacterial Ointment
After cleaning and patting the burn spot, it’s time to apply an antibacterial ointment to the affected area. Any antiseptic can be used in this case. But if you don’t have antiseptic cream, don’t worry iodine or hydrogen peroxide can be used too. Alcohol shouldn’t be applied as this may sting and induce more swelling.
Step 3: Wrap with Bandage
Now you should cover the burn so bacteria or other germs can’t come there. The loose bandage may work here well and don’t make it too tight. You may use gauges to secure the bandage.
Step 4: Painkiller
Moreover, you can take a painkiller if the burns hurt you too much. This will give you quick relief from the pain. It will be great for those who can’t tolerate pain like the children.
Step 5: Routine Care
Now, you should care for the wounded spot every day until it healed. For example, cleaning the wound, applying ointment, and wrapping a new bandage.
So, if you are wondering how to heal trampoline burns, these above tips will be handy for you. However, it’s always safe to follow any recognized doctor’s advice to avoid complexity even if trampoline burn is very negligible.
Severe Trampoline Burns Medical Treatment
When trampoline burns are too severe like very painful blisters or spread the burns are a large area of the skin or deep burn in this case medical treatment is necessary. So, go to the urgent care center or call 911 immediately. Your doctor will give you the right advice and medical treatment.
Sometimes burns may bleed or home treatment might be unsuccessful or pain may worsen, in that case, you should take medical advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a friction burn take to heal?
Trampoline lovers won’t want to skip the trampoline due to minor burns but it’s important to avoid the trampoline before you get back on the trampoline until the burns recover fully. So, you may be curious to know how much time it requires to heal a trampoline burn. This depends on the severity of the burn actually.
A first-degree burn will take 1 to 2 weeks to go away. But for severe burns, it may be extended a bit. Usually, trampoline burns don’t make any scar on the skin but severe burns may cause discoloration in the burn spot.
What is the fastest way to heal a friction burn?
After cleaning the burn spots, apply antibacterial cream and then cover them with loose bandages. This will help get relief from trampoline friction burn quickly if the burn is first-degree or minor.
Is Vaseline good for friction burns?
Yes, Vaseline is a moisturizer that keeps burn-affected spots away from other surfaces.
Can you get a burn from a trampoline?
Yes, trampoline burn may cause anytime when your skin grating with the trampoline mat repeatedly and extremely.
Should you cover a burn or let it breathe?
It’s recommended to cover the trampoline burn loosely with a bandage so it doesn’t get in contact with air which reduces bacterial attack. It also lessens pain to a great extent.
How to avoid trampoline friction burn?
Although you can’t eliminate trampoline burns completely, still you can reduce them to a great extent. Be careful, you aren’t rubbing your skin against the trampoline mat and carpet surfaces. Moreover, you can cover the most exposed parts of the body like legs, hands, etc. In this case, you can wear proper trampoline clothing such as trousers and long-sleeved t-shirts that might be helpful.
The first aid for trampoline burns is not so complicated and anyone can do it easily if the burn isn’t severe. But when the burn is extremely wide and deep send the victim to the ER immediately. Regular burn treatment is a bit different than this.
Here is a recap on how to treat trampoline burns easily at home. First, wash and clean the injury, then apply antibacterial ointment, and finally wear bandages. And if it is, an extreme burn from the trampoline go to the doctor soon.
Now, you know the ins and out of trampoline burns treatment. So, if it happens to you or others follow these tips for quick healing.
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