Deodorants have become a way of life for most of us, without realizing the fact that they might cause severe damage to the skin. Most deodorants contain aerosol, which can cause frostbites when sprayed directly on the skin, damaging the surface layers and deeper layers.
When frosting happens, it results in the constriction of the blood vessels(1) around the affected area which results in the lack of blood supply as well as oxygen to the injury site.
It has been found that the epidermal level of the skin is the one that is mostly affected but in rare cases, injuries have been known to represent second or third-degree frostbite as well.
The basic symptoms of aerosol burns include stinking, burning sensation and numbness. The affected skin would take a reddish tinge and might also feel hard when touched.
In such a case, after an aerosol burn has been ascertained, it is necessary that the affected skin rash is immediately treated so as not to cause prolonged or serious damage to the skin.
Taking quick and effective steps will ensure little scarring or damage to the skin. Here are some tips to cure aerosol burns of deodorants:
The first step is to treat the affected area by submerging it in warm water for instant relief. Do not use dry heat as it can worsen the frostbite of aerosol.
It is important that the burn is thoroughly cleaned to make sure that it does not cause any kind of infection.
Make sure to use warm water so as not to cause further injury to the skin. It is also necessary that the affected area be wrapped in gauge so as to prevent it from getting infected.
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It is crucial that after the instant first aid, medical treatment should be sought as soon as possible.
But if by the time medical attention arrives, you feel any kind of pain, it is advisable to take some over-the-counter pain killers, since the re-warming process of the frosting area might be somewhat painful.
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Burns from deodorants are not severe and can be healed quickly with necessary measures mentioned above. However, ignoring it can worsen the burn and infect the deeper layers of the skin.
Apply a thin layer of ointment or warm compress for quick relief.
Aerosol sprays in deodorants are not harmful when sprayed from a distance. However, inhaling while spraying around the neck or face could damage the respiratory system. Spraying from a close distance or spraying for a long time also damages the skin.
Aloe Vera, with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, acts as a suitable sterilizer in healing and preventing counter infections.