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Electric Shock (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

For a high-voltage shocks (over 500 volts or a lightning strike) call 911. If you or the patient is unsure of the voltage exposure, seek medical care.

Following a low-voltage shock, call the doctor or go to an emergency room for the following reasons:

  • If it has been more than 5 years since the affected person's last tetanus booster
  • Burns that are not healing well
  • Burns with increasing redness, soreness, or drainage
  • Any electric shock if a woman is more than 20 weeks' pregnant
  • Any noticeable burn to the skin
  • Any period of unconsciousness
  • Any numbness, tingling, paralysis, vision, hearing, or speech problems
  • Any other worrisome symptoms or signs
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2014

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