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What is the first aid treatment for chemical burns?

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  • Remove yourself or the victim from the accident area.
  • Remove any contaminated clothing.
  • Wash the injured area to dilute or remove the substance, using large volumes of water. Wash for at least 20 minutes, taking care not to allow runoff to contact unaffected parts of your body. Gently brush away any solid materials, again avoiding unaffected body surfaces.
  • Especially wash away any chemical in your or the victim's eye. Sometimes the best way to get large amounts of water to your eye is to step into the shower.

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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