Ice burns

Emanuele Mortarotti in
23 August 2019

First of all, how do you recognize a burn caused by ice? Its appearance is very similar to that caused by a heat source

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Did you know that burns can also be caused by ice, and not just heat?

Today, on Dispotech's blog, your disposable excellence, we are going to talk about ice burns - referring to a very interesting article published on

First of all, how do you recognize a burn caused by ice? Its appearance is very similar to that caused by a heat source: the skin bubbles up with blisters, transparent liquid forms under the skin, there is a feeling of discomfort and tension on the skin, with erythema and irritation.

While it takes a relatively short time for heat to cause skin damage, it takes longer for cold to attack the epidermis and cause problems.

Just like those caused by heat, cold burns are also of several types: referred to as first, second and third degree burns. Their severity is to be considered in ascending order: while first-degree burns are the most trivial and easily treatable, third-degree burns are to be taken very seriously as they can lead to serious consequences, such as necrosis or the onset of non-curable lesions.

How do you contract ice lesions? First of all when you are for a long time in excessively cold places; but they can also appear by using spray ice cans or dry ice carelessly and/or without due precautions. These products must be handled with care and, above all, prior to their use, you must be familiar with their components and how to use them. Many people have no idea that, for example, spray ice is much colder than the ice we use every day or have at home in the freezer: on average, the ice in these cans is around -78°C. This is an extremely low temperature that, obviously, our body and our skin cannot stand: prolonged contact with the spray can cause, in fact, a burn - even a very severe one.

If you have an ice burn, always consult your doctor first: a professional will be able to assess the severity of the problem and will be able to advise you about the best treatment - preventing the onset of unwanted infections.


Did you know about ice burns? If so, how did you treat them? Let us know, contact the Dispotech team!

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