First Aid for Icy Hot Burn

Immediate relief for Icy Hot burns or chemical burns from other Methyl Salicylate ointments such as Bengay, Bayer Muscle Joint Cream, ArthriCare Ultra Cream, and Tiger Balm:

To cool the burn, carefully wipe off excess cream with a kleenex, apply olive oil with a cotton ball, wipe off with another kleenex, and THEN wash off with water. This stops the burn within minutes. I am not a doctor, just a mom who prayed for help and is sharing the answer she got, because it really works. Let me know if it works for you too.

*IMPORTANT* IcyHot now makes a “no mess” roll on formula which leaves a film over the the active ingredients (I guess to keep it from getting on your clothes? ) If you’re burning with this formula or any other brand like it, you WILL need to wash off the film first with soap and water, and then use the olive oil trick to stop the burn. (Update: that isn’t completely stopping the burn for some people, though most say it helped somewhat. Avoid the roll-on stuff!)

Edited to put relevant information at the top: seems this is a popular problem and this answer is too hard to find! Read on if you want the whole story.

When Icy Hot gets TOO hot! How to take the burn out of Icy Hot

My five year old woke up crying with leg aches tonight. So I did what I always do for legaches: applied icy hot. Only this time it seems his skin was a bit sensitive. And icyhot doesn’t wash off so easily with water.

So anyway, my poor little guy went from whimpering to shrieking in a matter of minutes. Everyone in the house was awake now and he was in alot of pain. We couldn’t rinse off what was rubbed in. So we prayed for relief and ideas to stop the burn, and then turned to the internet.

I phrased my google search many ways but only found horror stories of men who forgot to wash their hands or who learned the hard way not to … misuse… bengay. Not exactly the best reading material for a mom and her five year old (who incidentally suddenly seemed like TOO good a reader for his age – yikes!).

So I looked up the first active ingredient. Methyl Salicylate. I found medical writeups, but they were only about accidental ingestion. And for the layman like me, instructions to call poison control if it’s eaten.

I found no good advice for getting the stuff off though! An hour later, my kid had calmed down and fallen asleep. But I was wide awake and guessing with the frequency of his leg aches it won’t be the last time this sort of thing happened. So I decided to experiment with an idea that had popped into my head several times: olive oil.

To test the theory, I rubbed a little icy hot in a few fairly sensitive places. First I tried my inner elbow, which turns out isn’t all that sensitive, but I figured it would compare to the backs-of-knees that were burning on my son.

Then, cautiously remembering not to ingest it but knowing I wasn’t about to put it on anything more sensitive, I rubbed a little on my lips. I must admit, I figured if I couldn’t get rid of the burn right away, at least I might get that Angelina Jolie pout for a moment. That didn’t work, by the way. Don’t try it… the main ingredient is poisonous if you get too much of it. And my lips burned like crazy.

But the olive oil did work. Moments after the burn kicked in, I applied the olive oil and rinsed it off, and nipped the problem in the bud. The burning stopped immediately. Even the smell disappeared. I hope if you found this article it works just as well for you.

WHAT TO DO: Remove any excess ointment with a kleenex. Do not rub it in. Douse a cotton ball in olive oil and use that to cleanse the affected area gently. Then wash it off with water. Pat the skin dry.

FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: I still plan on using icy hot; it’s a godsend on leg aches, and it even works wonders on my wrists if I abuse them with too many consecutive hours on design projects. But next time I’ll definitely do a patch test with a q-tip. If it doesn’t burn after 2 minutes, I’ll go ahead and rub it in.

NOTICE: I am not a doctor, just a desperate mom. This worked for me. I can’t guarantee it will work for you and can’t be liable. If you do decide to try it, please drop me a note on the contact form letting me know whether it did the trick. Hoping this helps someone. And typing always makes me tired, so now I’m going back to bed. Or not so much; he’s awake again with more leg aches. If you have tips for that please let me know!

Previously titled ‘How to Take the Burn out of Icy Hot’ — Trying to get this up in search engines where people who need it can find it!

361 thoughts on “First Aid for Icy Hot Burn

  1. I put roll on icy hot on my back and on my forearms to relieve muscle tightness. About 20 minutes after I put icy hot on, my back was burning, itching, and breathing didn’t feel normal. I tried your trick, and my back is almost 100% relieved of the pain. As for my arms, it felt like I never had icy hot on. Thank you so much for this tip!

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  2. Thanks for the advice. I wish the other people who quote you would put the full process down instead of just saying to apply olive oil. It took far too long to find your blog but it was truly God sent.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post! I put roll-on icy hot on my calves after a hard basketball workout and hours later my legs were uncontrollably hot and turning red. I tried to just put water or scrub the icy hot off but nothing worked. I saw this and tried the olive oil once then again then again. The olive oil didn’t work for me but I read the comments and tried aloe and I felt so much better within minutes! Thank you so much!

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  4. I put the roll on Icy Hot on my husband’s entire lower back last night. Shortly after, it was flaming red and burning. He is not one to complain about pain so I knew it was pretty bad. I tried wiping it off with wet paper towels and told him showering would be better. In the meantime, this site was one of the first that came up when I googled. We tried the olive oil process and it worked for him! Thanks so much for sharing! I read other sites that said using too much Icy Hot or if it is expired may cause the terrible reaction. He has used it before with no issue. It expires in a few months but won’t be using it again after that experience. His back looks great this morning and has no reaction or pain!

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  5. My 13 year old son used aspercreme to relieve his aching legs after football practice. After about a few minutes his legs were burning really bad. I told him to wash it off with soap but hours later still no relief. He awakened me at 3 am still in pain. In desperation I googled and I found your story. I got some cotton balls and put olive oil on them and had him rub it over his burning legs. Almost instant relief. He went to bed and slept like a baby. Woke up with no burning and I have you to thank!

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  6. I used a burn product I bought at Walmart in the first aid aisle called BurnJel
    Plus. I always use it on any household burn immediately and it instantly takes the pain away, so I thought I would take a chance on the Icy Hot burn. I lathered the jel on thickly and it immediately took the pain away. When the pain started to creep back after about 10 minutes, I lathered more on. So far after 20 minutes of the second application, the pain has not returned. Hoping I can sleep now!!

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  7. Thank you! I put icy hot on my husband and he also felt a horrible burn feeling. Without this information I dont know whar we would have done. It really works!

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