Chemical Burns

Also known as:  caustic burns.

What are chemical burns?

When the skin, eyes or other exterior body parts come in contact with caustic chemicals, a chemical burn can occur. They can range widely in severity, but some chemical burns can be quite dangerous and even life-threatening.

What causes chemical burns?

Many different chemicals can cause burns, including bleach, ammonia, teeth whitening products and battery acid. The accidents frequently occur at the workplace.

What are the symptoms of chemical burns?

Common chemical burn symptoms include pain, irritation, redness, numbness and blackened or dead skin. Vision problems or vision loss can occur if the chemicals come in contact with the eyes.

What are chemical burn care options?

Most chemical burns require emergency care for treatment. In the meantime, the burn area or eyes should be flushed with water for 10 to 20 minutes and then dressed lightly to prevent infection. Antibiotics and other medications may be required for treatment after a chemical burn.

Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares

This page was last updated on: September 09, 2019 02:00 PM