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Chemical Burns

Next Steps - Follow-up

After leaving the emergency department, call your doctor within 24 hours to arrange follow-up care. Call sooner if any new problems or concerns arise.

Prevention

  • Secure all chemicals in and out of the home in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children.
  • When using chemicals, always follow directions and safety precautions on the label provided by the manufacturer.
  • Wear safety clothing and eye protection, and remember-safety first!

Outlook

Most chemical burns are minor and can be treated without causing long-term problems. Some burns, however, cause significant scarring or other medical complications. 

Burns in the eye can lead to blindness.

Swallowing harmful chemicals can lead to problems in your gastrointestinal tract, potentially leading to permanent disability.

Multimedia

Media file 1: Burns, chemical. Chemical burn of the skin.

Chemical Burn Photo

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Media file 2: Burns, chemical. Chemical burn of the eye.

Chemical Burn Photo

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Synonyms and Keywords

acid burns, chemical eye burn, skin burn, black skin, dead skin, deep tissue damage, chemical burns

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WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 03, 2014

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