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Any over-the-counter help for someone with chemical burn?

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)

To the skin and possibly deeper structures. 1st-degree is into the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. 2nd-degree is into the dermis, or bottom layer of the skin. 3rd-degree is all the way through the skin. 4th-degree is into deeper ...Read more

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Can I die from chemical burn if I ignore it?

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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Treating Burns (Checklist)

For minor burns, run cool water on the area
Once
Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage
Once
Use OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen
Once
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What sort of problem is a chemical burn?

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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Can you tell me if there is something to help what i think is a chemical burn ?

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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Treating Burns (Checklist)

Place cool cloths on the burn to ease pain.
6x day
Apply soothing lotions like Aloe Vera to relieve pain and swelling.
6x day
Use Tylenol or NSAIDS for pain control.
every 4-6 hours
Watch for signs of infection.
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What is the definition or description of: chemical burn?

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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How do I treat the chemical burn?

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

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

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How can you relieve a chemical burn?

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

Chemical Burn (Definition)

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 ...Read more

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