Rug burns are treated much the same way as other types of burns:
- Rinse the burn and clean it with warm water and gentle soap. Unlike a thermal burn, there is no need to rinse a rug burn for several minutes to cool it. The injury stops getting worse as soon as the friction stops.
- Cover the burn with a dry dressing. It is OK to moisturize and soothe a rug burn with a burn gel or ointment. Some patients experience relief and it won’t hurt healing.
- Over-the-counter medications may be used for pain.