Health Tip: Caring for a Chemical Burn
(HealthDay News) -- A chemical burn should be treated
immediately and with care, since traditional skin remedies -- such
as an antibiotic lotion -- can react with the chemical and actually
worsen the burn.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these
suggestions to care for a chemical burn:
- Carefully flush the area with lots of cool water.
- Promptly remove any jewelry or clothing that may have come in
contact with the chemical.
- Carefully wrap the area with a clean cloth or a piece of
sterile, dry gauze.
- Call your doctor, 911 or the local poison control center as
soon as possible.
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