How to Treat a Minor Floor Burn

Indoor inline skaters may occasionally get "floor burns” - shiny red patches that are created when an unprotected part of the athlete's body glides across a smooth wood, tile, plastic or coated cement skating surface as the result of a fall. A floor burn is an abrasion that only disturbs the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) which provides protection to muscles and organs. These abrasions are similar to a first degree burn and can usually be cared for without a medical professional's attention in about five minutes.

You'll need sterile gauze and topical wound ointment.

1. Evaluate the Floor Burn

A floor burn with reddened skin that shows no blistering will not need professional medical attention.

2. Clean and Treat the Floor Burn

Clean and treat the injury with a topical ointment like Neosporin to prevent infection, stop bacteria from growing and reduce pain.

3. Keep an Eye on the Burn as It Heals

Like many other seemingly minor injuries, you should keep an eye on the affected area. If the floor burn shows any blistering, continues to hurt or shows any signs of infection, seek professional medical attention right away.

Please note that this advice is not a substitute for seeing your doctor or a medical professional.