Chemical Burn

What is a chemical burn?

Chemical burns are burns from alkalis and acids such as toilet bowl cleaners, car battery acid, drain cleaners, or other chemicals splashed on the skin. Most of these accidents cause only minor burns. They usually peel like a sunburn over the following week.

How is it treated?

  • Remove contaminated clothing and brush off any dry chemicals. 
  • Rinse off the exposed part of your child's body with clear water for 20 minutes, using the shower or tub. Don't rub the skin during this rinse. 
  • Don't put any ointment on the burn because washing it off will cause pain. 
  • Cover small burns with a bandage. If the burned area is large, cover it loosely with a wet, clean sheet or towel.

Call 911

If you feel that your child needs immediate medical care.

Call our office immediately after you have followed the first aid treatment described above.

(410) 721-2273

Your child may need to be checked.

Written by B.D. Schmitt, MD, author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.

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