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Gasoline Chemical Burn
Have a chemical burn on my cornea from gasoline. Got under my contact, all of it didn't wash off, didn't bother me til 2 days later. Will it heal?
Unlikely: Depending on where the burn is and what percentage of the body is burned, there is a low risk of death from chemical burns. The major problem with a burn is the ensuing scarring and loss of function in the affected body part. The sooner it is treated, the less worry there will be.See 1 more doctor answer
Acid or base?: The injury from a chemical burn depends on what caused the burn, how concentrated it was, and how long it was on the tissue until it was washed off. Acid burns tend to be less serious than base (alkali) burns. The best early treatment is copious irrigation. Later on, antibiotics and steroids can help the injury.
Chemical burn: Acutely, you should flush the area with lots of fluid to minize exposure time and resultant damage. Once damage is done, you can use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and keep the area moist. If severe scarring occurs, topical and local steroids may be beneficial to modulate wound healing.
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.
Depends: Chemical burns vary from caustics like lye, to acid and even more erosive chemicals. Immediate action should be to flush off the agent causing the burn. If the skin is red and not opened, then you can treat it with cool soaks and keeping it clean. If the skin outer layer is burnt off and the pain is significant, you should go to an emergency room or at least contact a poison control center.
Clean it properly: Check the material safety data sheet for proper cleaning of the chemical. Most can be cleaned with water taking care not to get any in the eyes, but some must be removed with other methods. After that, treat it like any other burn. Use aloe, vitamin e, antibiotic ointment, and keep it out of the sun while healing. Sometimes, burn ointments like aquphor can be helpful. Healing time varies.
Usually a few days: Chemical burns from nair are usually mild and heal in a few days. More severe burns take longer. You can speed the healing with aloe, vitamin e, and antibiotic ointment. If you have an allergy to nair, it may take longer, and you may have to treat the allergy.See 1 more doctor answer
Usually several: Days for a mild burn. Longer for blistering or tissue erosion.See 1 more doctor answer
Chemical burn: Lots of moisturizer and Hydrocortisone cream should do the trick.
Depends on the burn!: Younger individuals heal faster. But it depends on the agen that your eye was burned with. It may only take 24 hours. It may take a week. It may never fully heal and leave permanent damage. It all depends on what the burn was from and how it is treated.
Intense pulse light: Talk to a dermatologist: ipl has had good success in many patients.
Depends: Mostly it depends on the severity of the burn. The deeper into the skin the chemical penetrates the more the damage and the longer it will take to heal. Keep the area clean so that a secondary infection doesn't occur.
OTC help: You can use over the counter (otc) aloe vera. This will help both soothe and heal the overlying skin discomfort.
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