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Burns and Electric Shock - Check Your Symptoms

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If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Chemical has been swallowed that may be a poison or causes burning in the mouth, throat, or the esophagus: call your local Poison Control Center or the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) immediately for information on treatment. When you call the Poison Control Center, have the chemical container with you, so you can read the contents label to the Poison Control person. The Poison Control Center can help determine what steps to take next. You may find additional information in the Poisoning topic.
  • Chemical burn to the eyes: Go to the topic Burns to the Eye.
  • A friction burn: Go to the topic Scrapes.

Do you have breathing problems or throat problems after breathing in smoke (smoke inhalation)?

Have you had an electrical shock or been struck by lightning?

Do you have a chemical burn?

Does your child have a burn?

Do you have a second- or third-degree burn?

Do you have a burn that goes completely around (encircles) your arm or leg?

Do you think a burn may have been caused by abuse?

Do you have continuing pain from a burn?

Do you think you have an infection?

Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?

Other Symptoms to Watch For

If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: December 27, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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