Germolene is a line of antiseptic creams used to treat minor first-degree burns. It is available over the counter without a prescription. It is most common in the United Kingdom.

Among the Germolene products available are:

  • Wound Care Cream (active ingredient Chlorhexidine dihydrochloride), which the manufacturer advertisers as helping to avoid infection in minor burns and other injuries.
  • Antiseptic Cream (active ingredients Chlorhexidine gluconate and phenol), which contains an antiseptic and a local anesthetic to numb pain
  • New Skin, which creates a barrier over minor injuries to protect them from germs (never apply to open wounds)

Applying Germolene to a Minor Burn

Before applying Germolene or any other burn cream or ointment, consult your doctor about the best method or product to treat your wound and prevent infection.

To apply Germolene, first wash your hands with soap and water. Gently clean the burned area thoroughly. Apply the Germolene directly to the burn. You may use your clean hands or gauze to apply the cream. Gently apply the cream to the wound.

If the burn does not improve with adequate time, check with your doctor. If you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients in Germolene, do not use it. If you have an allergic skin reaction when using Germolene, contact your doctor immediately.

Other Over-the-Counter Burn Creams

Ask your doctor before using any product, including over-the-counter creams. Other over-the-counter antibiotic ointments include Neosporin, Polysporin, Unguentine, and bacitracin.

Other over-the-counter ointments your doctor may recommend include vitamin E cream, Aloe vera, and petroleum jelly.

Learn more about the best burn creams and ointments.