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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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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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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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Please explain what are some symptoms of chemical burn?

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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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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How should I treat a chemical burn from magic eraser?

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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Having discoloration after chemical burn, what can I do?

See a dermatologist: There are prescription bleacing creams that may help. Sunscreems are also very important. ...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

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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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