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How to Treat a Motorcycle Burn

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: August 29, 2017
How to Treat a Motorcycle Burn

When we are riding a motorcycle or are just walking down the pavement, we can be at risk of lightly touching the hot motorcycle exhaust pipe leaving us with a painful burn. These wounds are usually second-degree burns since the injury turns into a blister. However, in some cases it can be a third degree burn and there could be tissue loss. The most important thing is to treat the wound in time, so in this OneHowTo article we tell you how to treat a motorcycle burn.

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Steps to follow:


To treat a motorcycle burn it is important to disinfect the wound before the blister forms, so it is best to dampen a cotton with a little hydrogen peroxide and dab the wound a few times, taking care when touching it, as these burns are usually excruciatingly painful.


Once you have disinfected the motorcycle burn, it is recommended to place some dampen gauze on the wound to relieve the burn and prevent the heat from continuing to penetrate the layers of the skin. It is best to use sterile gauze moistened with purified water and leave it on the burn.


The best way to cure a motorcycle burn is to apply saline solution to the wound, then clean with gauze and spray this solution on again and wait for it to dry. Saline solution is ideal for treating this type of burn because it helps to regenerate skin tissue while avoiding infection.


After treating the motorcycle burn with saline solution, it is important to put a gauze bandage on the wound to prevent further rubbing or contact with any external agent that could infect the wound. You have to treat the wound twice a day, every day, until it improves.


As with any second-degree burn, it is important to take care of the blisters. Don't burst them because then the skin dermis will be exposed to infections again. Blisters, even if they don't seem it, are a sort of a protection for the wounded skin tissue and it is best to let them go down on their own.


Once the blister has gone down and the wound starts to heal, it is best to apply calendula or aloe vera ointment to help regenerate the tissue as best as possible, hydrate it, and prevent it from scarring. You can make aloe vera ice cubes by freezing aloe to treat and soothe your motorcycle burn easily.

Make sure you know how to get rid of a burn scar too so there is no trace of it on your skin.

How to Treat a Motorcycle Burn - Step 6

While you are suffering from a motorcycle burn, it is recommended to only cover the injury with gauze to prevent chafing. Therefore, it is best not to wear any type of clothing over the affected area.

Take a look at other home remedies to treat a burn for more alternatives.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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summer dudman-warne
how would i treat my upper behind thigh when its been left for about 6 days and is infected
OneHowTo Editor
If it's infected, go to a doctor. You might need antibiotics and ignoring it can lead to serious problems such as septicemia.
Manoj Yadav
motorcycle burn lages
My leg calf touched the motorbike exhaust whilst riding around Thailand. Pulled in at a coffee bar and the Thai owner immediately applied toothpaste onto the burn.
Must say it burnt slightly but it definitely helped.
It is now the 3rd day and no blisters. I have carried on applying toothpaste....perhaps this is a miracle cure?!!!!
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Natalie,

It is not recommended to put toothpaste on your burn. The reason for this is that the toothpaste can actually seal in the heat, rather than cooling the burn. The chemicals in many toothpastes may also not be good to put on your skin. Calcium and peppermint found in many toothpastes may increase the risk of infection.

We are glad that you have had a good experience using toothpaste on your burn, but we can't recommend it. We hope it stays well and always keep an eye out for infection.

Here's some info on how to treat a steam burn which also gives some more general info:

Thanks for the input!
Elizabeth Killian
I had an exhaust burn a year ago under my knee. the burn surface is covered with a scar but swollen as though there's kind of fluid inside. please help me. why is it like that and is it not supposed to be completely healed by now.
OneHowTo Editor
We advise you to see a doctor as soon as you can so he/she can determine if there is in fact fluid inside.
Hope this helps
I was burned on the back of my left leg, this past Saturday. We were out riding, and I got burned, and I didn't have anything to put on it, until about an hour later, we stopped somewhere in the mountains, and they had something to put on the burn. Well, later that night, when we got home, there was a blister. The next morning, it busted. Every since, there has been red ring around it, and it has gotten bigger. My burn extends from the side of my leg, to almost the next side. It is very painful, and it always feels like a burning sensation. And it's pretty swollen as well., and everytime I remove the gauze/bandage, it always has like yellowish stuff. I've been keeping it wrapped, and putting antibiotic cream on it. Should I be concerned or is this normal?
OneHowTo Editor
Your wound may be infected, which is why it's highly important you visit a doctor as soon as possible so he/she can take a closer look at the motorcycle burn and treat it accordingly.

Hope this helps
chnndrapal gupta
20 din pahle me motorcycle ke sylencer se jal gaya tha for which i have used SOS creme but till no relief
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What do you do if around the burn is red
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
This redness is caused by the initial burn because some other cells around the burnt area die. However, it is important that this red circle stops expanding after a couple of hours. If it continues growing it could mean that the burn is infected. If this is the case, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Hope this helps.
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