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Old 03-18-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Ice + Salt Burn(I know, I'm a Moron)

So, a friend of mine dared me to participate in a salt+ice challenge. Essentially this is where you place salt on a part of your skin and then press an ice cube down on it, causing a chemical reaction which results in a burn(or burn like injury). What motivated me to do this, I don't know.

However, now I have a red, burning welt the exact size and shape of an ice cube over my arm. Ostensibly, this is a problem because it's unsightly and it's somewhat irritated and itchy. How should I go about treating this wound? I rubbed it down with an antiseptic wipe and put polysporin and a bandaid on it, anything else?

*Just as a note, I'm not a self harmer, my goal wasn't purposeful self injury and I don't have depression issues.

 
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Re: Ice + Salt Burn(I know, I'm a Moron)

I myself have fallen victim to the idiotic Internet challenges. The same reaction happened to me, except on my palm. However, it actually isn't terribly red looking, just excruciatingly itchy. Itchiness is good though, as it is a sign of self healing and that your body has formed a scab, which acts as a natural bandaid. If you've itched it too much, as in you've reopened the scab, just put some antibiotic ointment on the wound and slap a bandaid over it. Hope this helped!

 
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