Chemical and Caustic Burns

Skin Burns

Chemical or caustic burns can happen in the safety of your home, in your workplace, or at school. They are caused by accidentally coming into contact with a chemical or misusing a chemical product.

Chemical Burn Symptoms
Although chemical burn symptoms can differ, they pose serious threats to your health. Symptoms will vary depending on how and where the burn occurred. When you come in for treatment we will want to know a bit about the burn in order to treat you properly. When coming to see us with a chemical burn we will ask the following questions:

Common symptoms caused by chemical burns include the following:

If you accidentally swallowed a chemical, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

Chemical Burn Causes
Anytime you are exposed to chemical materials, you are at risk for a chemical burn. The most common causes of chemical burns are:

Treatment
Your chemical burn must be treated immediately. Remove the chemical and rinse your skin under constantly-running water for up to 20 minutes. If a chemical splashed into your eyes, it is important to rinse your eye for a minimum of 20 minutes before heading to TMC–Mansfield. If you are wearing any clothes or jewelry that came into contact with the chemical, remove them.

Gently wrap the affected area with a sterile cloth. If the burn is larger than three inches or if it occurred on your face, hands, feet, buttocks, or groin, head to TMC–Mansfield immediately. If the burn happened on a major joint, like your elbow or knee, it is important to visit us right away. Also, head to TMC–Mansfield if you aren’t able to control your pain with over-the-counter medications or if you have any symptoms of shock.

At TMC–Mansfield, your chemical burn will be diagnosed and treated based on a few factors. These factors will include how deep your burn is if there are any signs of an infection if there is any swelling, and what your level of pain is.

Minor chemical burns will heal quickly with treatment. However, for a more severe burn, you may need long-term treatment.

A chemical burn is a medical emergency! Have you or a friend suffered from a chemical or caustic burn? Come into our hospital for immediate treatment.

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