Immediately run cold water over the hot tar or hot plastic to cool
the tar or plastic and stop the burning.
Do not attempt to peel the tar or plastic off after it has cooled.
This may remove skin that is stuck to the tar or plastic. To remove tar or
plastic, loosen it with mineral oil or ointments such as Vaseline or
Polysporin. Tar will likely peel off after a few days as the skin cells below
the tar flake off normally.
Not able to breathe because something is blocking the airway or has caused it to close off
Wheezing or gasping
Not able to cry, talk, or make noise
Turning blue in the face
Grabbing at the throat
After the tar or plastic is removed, wash and treat the burned skin.
If you have any trouble removing tar or plastic from the skin, you need an evaluation
by a doctor.
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