Dog leashes can be useful in walking your furry friend, but they can also cause injuries if they are not used properly. These injuries include rope burn, which occurs when a rough material repeatedly rubs against the skin. This article discusses how to treat rope burn from a dog leash, and includes tips for preventing these injuries in the future.
Before treating a rope burn, it is important to examine the wound for signs of infection and to see how serious the injury is. If the burned area looks discolored or swollen, you should seek medical attention immediately. If the injury is minor, you can treat it at home.
It is essential to clean a burn wound to prevent infection and reduce pain. Wash the wound with cool water and use antibacterial soap to gently scrub the injury. After cleaning the burn, pat it dry with a soft cloth and apply antibiotic ointment to protect against infections and cover it in a sterile gauze bandage.
You should also use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and pain and to promote healing. Over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve the itching and burning. If you have a blister on your hand, do not pop it or drain it, as this could lead to infection. Keep it covered and moisturized with aloe vera, and elevate your hand if possible to reduce pain and swelling. If the burn is still painful after several days, you should visit your doctor to see if you require further treatment.