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Chemical Burns (cont.)

Chemical Burn Causes

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Most chemicals that cause burns are either strong acids or bases. A glance at the medical information on the labels of dangerous chemicals usually confirms the expected toxicity. Common sense precautions and consumer education can reduce the risk of injury. A variety of common household products that may cause chemical burns are as follows:

  • Bleach
  • Concrete mix
  • Drain or toilet bowl cleaners
  • Metal cleaners
  • Pool chlorinators

This is just a sample list. Many other products used in the home and at work may contain some amount of chemicals that may cause burns. it is important to keep the labels on the containers in case of an exposure so the medical personnel can know what the patient has been exposed to.

All of these should only be stored in the appropriate containers to prevent accidental ingestion.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014

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Acids are defined as proton donors (H+), and bases are defined as proton acceptors (OH-).

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