According to WebMD, rug burns are also referred to as friction burns, and in most cases they can easily be treated by cleaning the burn with soap and cool water and covering it with a light gauze. Rug burns that contain deeply lodged debris should be treated by a physician.
Trails.com explains that it is important for individuals with deep friction burns larger than three inches in diameter to seek medical attention to prevent infection and ensure proper treatment. Friction burns of the surface skin can easily be treated with soap, water and antibiotic cream. Keeping the wound dry and covered can help prevent additional pressure on the sensitive tissue.
Cincinnati Shriner's Hospital for Children explains that friction burns can result in first, second or third degree burns, depending on the size and depth of the injury. Minor friction burns can be treated with burn ointments and dressings, while severe friction burns may require skin grafting.
According to the Women and Children's Health Network, carpet burns are common in children and often contain dirt and foreign matter that can lead to infection. Signs of an infected carpet burn include swelling and pus and red streaks that spread upward. In many cases, infected wounds can heal with proper cleaning and treatment, but it is important to seek medical assistance if a fever or swollen glands are present.