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What causes chemical burns?

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Most chemicals that cause burns are either strong acids or bases. A glance at the medical information on the labels of dangerous chemicals confirms the expected toxicity. Common sense precautions and consumer education can reduce your family's risk of injury. A variety of household products fits this description:

  • Bleach
  • Concrete mix
  • Drain or toilet bowl cleaners
  • Metal cleaners
  • Pool chlorinators

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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