What is tar burns?

Tar Burns

Caring for tar or plastic burns

  • Run cold water over the hot tar or hot plastic right away.

    This helps stop the burning.

  • Do not attempt to peel the tar or plastic off after it has cooled.

    This may remove skin that is stuck to the tar or plastic.

  • Loosen the tar or plastic with mineral oil or ointments such as Vaseline or Polysporin.

    This can help remove the tar or plastic. Tar will likely peel off after a few days as the skin cells below the tar flake off normally.

  • Wash and treat the burned skin after the tar or plastic is removed.

If you have any trouble removing tar or plastic from the skin, you need an evaluation by a doctor.

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