Font Size
A
A
A
...
7
...

Chemical Burns (cont.)

Chemical Burns Self-Care at Home

Begin basic first aid. Immediately call 911 if a person has a severe injury, any shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, or other symptoms throughout the body. If are aiding an injured person with these symptoms, lay the person down and immediately call 911. Protect yourself and make sure that you are not exposing yourself to the same chemical.

  • Remove yourself or the injured person from the accident or exposure area. Take appropriate care not to cause further injury to the patient.
  • Remove any contaminated clothing.
  • Wash the injured area to dilute or remove the substance, using large volumes of water. Wash for at least 20 minutes, taking care not to allow runoff to contact unaffected parts of anyone's body. Gently brush away any solid materials, again avoiding unaffected body surfaces.
  • Especially wash away any chemical in the eyes. Sometimes the best way to get large amounts of water to the eyes is to take a shower. If there is an eye wash station nearby (usually fond at work sites), follow the simple instructions to rinse out the eyes.

Must Read Articles Related to Chemical Burns

Chemical Eye Burns
Chemical Eye Burns Chemical exposure to any part of the eye or eyelid may result in a chemical eye burn. Chemical burns represent 7-10% of eye injuries. About 15-20% of burns to t...learn more >>
Corneal Ulcer
Corneal Ulcer A corneal ulcer is an open sore on the cornea, the thin clear structure overlying the iris, which is the colored part of your eye.learn more >>
Thermal Burns (Heat or Fire)
Thermal (Heat or Fire) Burns Many of us have picked up a hot pan on a grill or have felt the steam from a super-hot bowl of vegetables in the microwave. Who hasn't reached into ...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Chemical Burns:

Chemical Burns - Experience

What type of chemical burn did you experience?



NIH talks about Ebola on WebMD

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Burns, Chemical »

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

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary