Chemical burns are quite common injuries which people experience at home, school and work. Many people who are engaged in different types of work at factories are more prone to chemical burns. Chemical burns occur accidently and the damage on the skin can be severe depending on how strong the chemical is.
It is very important to perform the right first aid when you see a person suffering from chemical burns. Follow these first aid steps to know what you should do:-
Step 1- First thing is to take off anything that has resulted in the chemical burn. This can be done by brushing away the chemical and washing it with tepid water for about 20 minutes.
Steps 2- Immediately take off any jewelry or clothing that has the chemical on it.
Step 3- Take a sterile dressing or a clean piece of cloth and wrap the burnt potion loosely.
Step 4- If the person continues to experience burning sensation, then wash the burnt area again with tepid water.
Step 5- If the pain is unbearable; give the patient ibuprofen, Tylenol or Aspirin. These tablets are available over the counter.
Once you give the patient first aid attention, the person needs to take a tetanus shot.
There can be many causes of chemical burns and the most common are:-
Some common symptoms of chemical burns are:-