How to deal with chemical burns
Accidents could happen anywhere: on your way to work, in the grocery store, or even in the comforts of your home. These accidents oftentimes result in unanticipated emergency department visits, hefty medical bills, and a day or two off work. In some even more serious instances, accidents may result in irreversible physical disabilities, sometimes even death.
According to the website of Mokaram & Associates, P.C., one of the most common causes of accidents is unsafe premise, and one accident that could occur in a poorly managed property is chemical burn. Depending on the substance’s strength and concentration, a chemical burn can cause pain and redness that may occur immediately after the exposure. Among the most common causes of chemical burns are cleaning agents, thinners, gasoline, bleach, metal cleaners, swimming pool chlorinators, and concrete mix.
If your skin has just been exposed to a burn-causing chemical, here’s what you need to do.
- Remove yourself from the area of exposure.
- Remove any contaminated clothing
- Flush the exposed area with running water for not less than 10 minutes
- For larger exposure, you may consider taking a shower, however, you do not want to cause any further damage to the skin by scrubbing the affected area
- To prevent infection, you may consider covering the affected area with a clean gauze or bandage. However, do not apply it tightly, as it may further damage your skin
- Rush to the emergency department immediately. If you can, bring the chemical container with you to help medical staff assess the substances that have caused your burn
Although rare, there have been recoded deaths associated with chemical burns. Fatal symptoms of chemical burns include seizures, irregular heart rate, extremely low blood pressure, difficulty breathing and cardiac arrest. As such, it is extremely important to seek medical help immediately during chemical burn accidents.