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I spilled a lot of laundry detergent on my hand and rinsed it off. Should I be concerned about chemical burns or anything like that?

I spilled a lot of laundry detergent on my hand and rinsed it off. Should I be concerned about chemical burns or anything like that?

You should be ok: Laundry detergent is just soap, so you should not have to worry about getting a chemical burn. Of course it is important to wash off, but you should be fine as long as you do so. If you spilled bleach or some other harsh chemical then you might need to be more concerned, but even then, as long as you wash well you will probably be fine. Contact poison control if concerned 1-800-222-1222. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burn (Heat Or Fire) (Definition)

A burn is an injury to the skin caused by heat, flames, or chemicals. Burns are more or less severe depending on which layers of the skin are affected. A first-degree burn is in the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin. A second-degree burn affects the dermis, or second layer of the skin. A third-degree burn goes all the way through the skin. A fourth-degree burn extends to deeper structures such as muscle and bone. ...Read more


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Hand nerve problems from chemical burn. Solutions?

Hand nerve problems from chemical burn. Solutions?

Pain Management: See a pain management specialist. There are some medicines that can help, both by mouth and topically. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a chemical burn from an air bag on the hands? we used water, but she says its bringing really bad.

How do you get rid of a chemical burn from an air bag on the hands? we used water, but she says its bringing really bad.

Go to ER: A chemical burn on the hands requires an ER visit immediately. Sometimes these are bad enough, they need to be treated at a dedicated burn unit to minimize long-term problems, but your local ER can help decide if that is necessary. ...Read more

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My hands have been extremely dry, skin is peeling and my hands are bleeding for the past couple nights. Is this a chemical burn?

Difficult to say: Have you been exposed to a chemical? If not then this could be some other form of hand dermatitis. Excessive hand washing can also cause the symptoms you describe. You should see a dermatologist to do a full history and exam to determine the cause of your problem and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What remedies are available for me to heal chemical burns and get rid of itching?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How can you treat chemical burns?

How can you treat chemical burns?

Depends: Treatment of chemical burns will depend on the type of chemical one is exposed to. In a workplace environment, osha requires that a msds (material safety data sheet) be onsite. The msds will have treatment recommendations for that particular chemical. Also bring a copy of the msds to the emergency room or doctors office. Best to see a doctor for any burns. ...Read more

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