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Chemical Eye Burn
Alkalis, organics: The two most common things which cause serious problems are lye burns (alkalis) and organic chemicals like gasoline, and cleaning solutions. If your eye is exposed immediately flush with water for 10-15 minutes and then seek medical attention. Do not go to an er first as the immediate flushing can be amazingly vision saving. ...Read more
Caustic eye injury: The pH of the eye is 7.4, so if a chemical is too acidic or too basic, it can damage the eye if it gets in. It damages the surface of the eye ( a 'burn' ) and can lead to permanent scarring. If you ever get a chemical in your eye that causes instant pain, make sure you pour water in your eye immediately to dilute the chemical and minimize damage. ...Read more
Pain, light sensitiv: Most chemical burns to the eye are painful and cause immediate damage with astounding firing of the nerves on the surface of the eye. A few, like lye, may not be nearly as painful but are in fact among the most serious. If untreated, the pain can worsen, the cornea turn opaque and vision seriously threatened. ...Read more
History, examination: Most who damage their eye with chemicals know what they were using, so a history of the incident is important. Then the eye will be examined under high power to see if the surface has been burned off, or is just damaged, or if the chemical has penetrated into the interior of the eye. Treatment will then be started. Go to an er immediately after flushing the eye. ...Read more
Eye protection: The use of chemicals that can damage the eyes should be done with eye protection, cautionary activity and constant awareness that these chemicals are dangerous and toxic. There is no way to pre-treat the eye except for protective goggles. If you deal with these regularly, then an eyewash should be close at hand. No matter what the chemical, first flush the eye 10-15 minutes and then to er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Would not : Remember the old adage of rubbing salt in a wound? Use only saline if you use a salt containing product but clear clean water is the best. Mild cleansing with mild soap and water will help keep the bacterial load down. See your doctor for complete care. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes: The repair depends on what damage was done. See a corneal specialist for evaluation of your injury. ...Read more
I read if you put toothpaste on a pimple it will go away so I tried it on my cheek a little bit under my eye and it gave me a chemical burn ?
I teach in a basement.Recently it has a musty/garbage odor. Have nausea,burning/irritated eyes,chest pain/burning.Is it chemical/CO2/mold poisoning?
It could be. : It's possible the basement had CO2 or mold. First thing to do is get checked by your Doctor to confirm your symptoms are due to an exposure. Then get the basement checked. If there is a problem, you'll have to let your students know. You may also need to find another location for your class so your students don't get symptoms as well. ...Read more
I have a chemical burn on my head, its not that bad. so its basically peeling really bad and I’m not sure what to do. will it scar?
Chemical burn: You must please start with an exam for your Primary care doctor. Your doctor will carefully see how things are going and determine if the doctor can take care of the burn or whether you should go to a specialist. Hope all goes well. Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more
Chemical burns: Although burns are burns, chemical burns pose the additional problem that the insult can continue after the exposure. It is important to thoroughly wash and remove/neutralize any trace of the chemical agent. Once the area is clean, depending on the severity of the burn, treatment can be done appropriately. See a specialist. ...Read more
Head is scabbing due to chemical burns from hair bleach 2 weeks ago, I'm using antiseptic wash to stop the itch & e45 shampoo -is this ok?
Scabs Beat Scabies: Scabbing is OK as long as there's no infection in there. You'd know that if it is unduly painful or getting more and more painful and there's increasing leakage or discharge. Wash gently and let the scab come of naturally. Don't pick at it (the only thing you should ever pick at is a guitar). If you have to cover it (e.g. you look like a resurrected zombie), do so loosely so the air can get at it. ...Read more
Dryness: As long as the vision is fine and the eyes are minimally red with no discharge, then the most common cause for the feeling of 'burning' is dryness. Go to the pharmacy and look for the dry eye section. Get lubricating drops (but not the drops which say gets the red out as these are drying) and use these drops regularly and that should address the problem. ...Read more
Ocular surface: Most burning and tiredness come from either dry eye syndrome, ocular surface disorder, or eye strain. Osd is usually from lid marginal disorders such as granulated eyelids or gland dysfunctions; or tear production insufficiency. Eye strain is often associated with long periods of poor lighting, excessive reading, stress or other illnesses. ...Read more