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What are medical treatments for chemical burns?

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  • IV fluids may be needed to normalize blood pressure and heart rate.
  • The IV access may also be used for any medications needed to treat pain or protect against infection.
  • Decontamination will begin (likely water irrigation).
  • You will be given any antidote to counteract the chemical, if appropriate.
  • Antibiotics often are not needed for minor chemical burns.
  • Wounds will be cleaned and bandaged with medicated creams and sterile wraps as needed.
  • Consultation with other medical specialists may be done.
  • Pain from a burn can often be severe. Adequate pain control will be addressed by your doctor.
  • If there is any indication of breathing problems, a breathing tube may be placed in your airway to help.
  • If needed, a tetanus booster will be given.

From: Chemical Burns WebMD Medical Reference

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eMedicineHealth: "Chemical Burns." 

Mayo Clinic: "Chemical burns: First aid."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Chemical Burns." 

Mayo Clinic: "Chemical burns: First aid."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 12, 2018

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