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How can I tell if I have a chemical burn or allergic reaction?

How can I tell if I have a chemical burn or allergic reaction?

Does it itch?: Allergic reactions are most commonly characterized by itching. Swelling, redness, and pain can also occur, but itching is usually the most reliable sign of an allergic reaction. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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How do I know if I have an allergic reaction or a chemical burn? I used a new face wash and my face is itching, burning and I have small zits showing

How do I know if I have an allergic reaction or a chemical burn? I used a new face wash and my face is itching, burning and I have small zits showing

Can be difficult: Telling the difference between a chemical burn and local allergic reaction can sometimes be tricky, but in general an allergic reaction would rapidly lessen with Benedryl and cool compresses while a burn would be more long lasting and eventually turn into peeling or flaking. Either way, avoiding the wash that caused it would be wise. ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

Exam needed: Reactions to hair dye do occur and will resolve after a period of time. Since you have more than redness or itching, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or a dermatologist to see if secondary infection is present and if so, appropriate treatment can be started. In the meantime apply warm soaks and, if possible, apply a combination of antibacterial and cortisone type cream until seen ...Read more

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How should I treat a mild chemical burn or allergic skin reaction?

How should I treat a mild chemical burn or allergic skin reaction?

They are different: A mild burn like a red area or blister can be treated with cool moist dressings.
Allergic skin reaction need to be evaluated by a medical professional. If very mild a Hydrocortisone cream may help. If it itches an antihistamine may help. Best to have it looked at. ...Read more

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What does a chemical burn look like?

What does a chemical burn look like?

In most cases: The area will be sore, red and swollen. It can be worse depending on the chemical. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of chemical burn?

Please explain what are some symptoms of chemical burn?

Pain redness: After the chemical has been washed off your skin you probably still have some pain redness swelling and possibly a blister. You might want to put some ice packs on the area if there is no blister. This should get better with time unless there is an ulcer. If there is an ulcer, I would see a physician. ...Read more

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Is a chemical burn permanent and how can it be treated?

Is a chemical burn permanent and how can it be treated?

Burn: Treatment of chemical burn depends on how extensive and how deep injury is. Yes there are the treatments but one has to consult dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can vagisil cause chemical burn?

Can vagisil cause chemical burn?

Could cause an: Irritation if you are sensitive one of the ingredients. Do not use any more of it. ...Read more

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How can I heal a chemical burn on face?

How can I heal a chemical burn on face?

After care: Keep the area clean and I would keep Bacitracin on the area with some kind of dressing. Eventually you may need a topical steroid. I would recommend seeing a physician if it is a severe burn. ...Read more

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Can the acids in a facewash cause a mild chemical burn?

Can the acids in a facewash cause a mild chemical burn?

Yes: Anyone can have a topical unknown sensitivity to anything. This can happen even if you have used it many times. Sometimes the bean counters change the formula. ...Read more

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Will chemical burn leave scar?

Possibly: The depth of a burn determines whether a scar will be left, no matter what the cause. A shallow burn will not leave a scar but the skin color will be changed. Deeper burns cause proportionately more severe scarring. ...Read more

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Does a chemical burn leave a scar?

Does a chemical burn leave a scar?

Yes: If a shallow burn it can leave color change and if deep 2nd degree or third degree burn it will leave a scar which can be improved by laser. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a chemical burn?

How do you get rid of a chemical burn?

Burns: If you have suffered a chemical burn it should be evaluated I'm an urgent care. Depending on the chemical and the location determines the next treatment plans. ...Read more

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How to help the healing process of a chemical burn?

Scientific Care: Burns are the response of the tissues to injury from heat. It is an inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Protect from further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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I have a bad chemical burn on my face. What do I do?

I have a bad chemical burn on my face. What do I do?

Burn: Get treated asap by the minor emergency room or your doc. You don't want a scar. ...Read more

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What can I do for a chemical burn in my underarm area?

What can I do for a chemical burn in my underarm area?

Depend: Depend on what degree burn it is there are many different treatment available. If you have scarring then, we can start with selicone base topical treatment, and consider injectables and laser treatments. If there are hypo or hyper pigmentation, then again, we can start with topical treatment and then lasers. So, you need to get the area evaluated by a specialist (dermatologist or osmetic surgeo. ...Read more

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How can you treat the chemical burn from pressure treated wood?

Cold compresses: Cold moist compresses and a moisturizer should afford you much symptomatic relief. Try vaseline, it is non irritating and economical. ...Read more

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Chemical burn from veet vs. Hot water burn. Is there a difference?

Chemical burn from veet vs. Hot water burn. Is there a difference?

Yes, Veet: Has the chemicals thio glycolic acid and potassium hydroxide, the combination of these breaks the sulfide bonds in keratin facilitating hair removal. If veet gets in the eye the chemicals can cause tissue damage where as a water burn may cause some damage but less so. ...Read more

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Chemical burn from veet v hot water burn, how can I tell the difference?

It may not be...: Possible to tell the difference. Some chemical burns have a characteristic appearance, but most are indistinguishable from thermal burns. ...Read more

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Have a crater/ant hill looking wound that may or may not be a chemical burn. What should I do?

Have a crater/ant hill looking wound that may or may not be a chemical burn. What should I do?

What's the cause?: When our bodies sustain an injury, the response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. While this is generally how things heal, the question is what caused the wound. Bedsores are treated different than vein ulcers, neuropathic ulcers, etc. We need the cause. ...Read more

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Might there be damage done to my gential area after chemical burn and haven't had erection in days?

Might there be damage done to my gential area after chemical burn and haven't had erection in days?

Skin Trauma: Your question is very light on details so the answer has to be a bit of speculation. What kind of chemical? Where is the burn? How deep? Is it blistering?

I would advise a visit to your family doctor or a urologist, especially given the fact the erectile functioning may be involved. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to relive the burning and dicomfort from a soap chemical burn on my clitoris?

Is there anything I can do to relive the burning and dicomfort from a soap chemical burn on my clitoris?

Topical cortisone: You may try a topical hydrocortisone ointment. If the problem fails to improve after 2 days or gets worse, need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a chemical burn mark to which I applied lightening cream. The mark gradually faded at center but is not fading around edges. What to do?

I have had a chemical burn mark to which I applied lightening cream. The mark gradually faded at center but is not fading around edges. What to do?

Apply beyond border: It depends on how long you have used the cream -- you may need to continue for a while longer. Also, you may need to apply more of the cream to the border and even slightly beyond the border to ensure that it lightens. However, you will run the risk of the center of the lesion and the normal skin outside the lesion to become slightly lighter. Treating marks/scars can be very challenging. ...Read more

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Burn from garlic paste on side of face. I pealed some of the burn, do I peal all of it or leave it alone? Also would it be considered a chemical burn?

Burn from garlic paste on side of face. I pealed some of the burn, do I peal all of it or leave it alone? Also would it be considered a chemical burn?

Burn From Garlic: Do not pull the skin off. Let the skin come off naturally. Manipulating the skin can lead to an infection. Treatment depends on the state of the lesion. If itchy and red with no puss then a topical steroid is helpful. If there is drainage and puss you would need an oral and or topical antibiotic. ...Read more

Chemical Burn (Definition)

Occurs when body tissues react to a corrosive or caustic chemical that results in tissue injury or destruction. The tissue damage is dependent on the nature, concentration, duration, p.H., and temperature ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more