Yes, zinc oxide cream may help treat some types of burns. Zinc oxide cream is a multi-purpose cream that may be useful for all sorts of minor skin discomfort. Zinc oxide may help prevent diaper rash, for example. It can also treat minor lacerations and burns. Do not use zinc oxide for serious burns. You should only use zinc oxide ointment for burns of the first degree.
Zinc cream for burns helps to hold moisture in the burn wound, and provides a barrier to keep out unwanted impurities that could irritate the burn wound.
First check with your doctor to make sure it is safe to use zinc oxide cream on your burn wound, and to make sure you are not allergic to any ingredient in it. You can obtain zinc oxide cream via a prescription or over the counter.
Before handling any zinc ointment for burns, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Make sure the burn wound is also clean. Gently apply a generous layer of zinc oxide cream to the burn wound and spread evenly.
If desired, cover with sterile gauze or bandage. Wash your hands well with soap and water, making sure you remove all traces of zinc oxide from your hands. Take care not to get any zinc oxide in your eyes. If your burn does not improve, or if it gets worse or new symptoms develop, contact your doctor at once.
Learn more about ointments for first-degree burns.