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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Any over-the-counter help for someone with chemical burn?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Any over-the-counter help for someone with chemical burn?

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. ...Read more

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Burns (Definition)

Burns is a condition in which a person has damage to his body due to excessive heat, such as being scalded by boiling water, being branded by touching a hot frying pan, or being burned by his clothes catching on fire. Chemical burns (such as those caused by lye or acid) and electrical burns (from live wires) ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Can I die from chemical burn if I ignore it?

Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Can I die from chemical burn if I ignore it?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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What sort of problem is a chemical burn?

Dr. Robert Chang
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What sort of problem is a chemical burn?

Cornea burns: Can severely disable vision. Typically basic worse than acidic but both chemicals coagulate proteins and induce serious harm when limbal stem deficiency occurs (severe burn). ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Can you tell me if there is something to help what i think is a chemical burn ?

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Can you tell me if there is something to help what i think is a chemical burn ?

Depends if it's an alkali: Or acid chemical burn, as the antidote are very different between the two. The best would be to call the poison control center to get definitive antidote, as they will ask for what item burned you chemically. Call them immediately if it just happened. If it happened a while ago, then that's a different question altogether. Alkali eye burns need ER care! ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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What is the definition or description of: chemical burn?

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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What is the definition or description of: chemical burn?

Tissue injury: A chemical burn 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, ph, and temperature of the caustic chemical. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Gilchrist
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How should I treat a chemical burn from magic eraser?

Dr. Heidi Gilchrist
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Aquaphor Ointment: Mr. Clean's magic eraser doesn't actually contain any bleach or other chemicals. It is made of a fiber called melamine, and is essentially like a very, very, very fine sandpaper or brillo pad. So if you have a burn from a magic eraser pad, it's likely because you "sanded" off your top layer of skin. Try covering it with a thin layer of aquaphor healing ointment while the skin grows back. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicki Levine
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Please explain what are some symptoms of chemical burn?

Dr. Vicki Levine
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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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Dr. John Cheng
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How do I treat the chemical burn?

Dr. John Cheng
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How do I treat the chemical burn?

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

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Dr. Kristin Cox
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Spilled some strong solution on me. How do I treat the chemical burn?

Dr. Kristin Cox
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Go to ER.: They would be best equipped to deal with acid or alkali burns. ...Read more

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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
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How can you relieve a chemical burn?

Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
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How can you relieve a chemical burn?

Cold water: Many chemicals can cause burns. The most important action is to immediately wash off the area with cool water and for an extended period of time since chemical burns quickly go very deep as well as splatter. Call 911 as soon as possible but keep irrigating with water continously until help arrives. Pain may require pain medications prescrkbed by the doctor especially with dressings. ...Read more

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