Chemical Burn Treatment
1. Protect Yourself
- Put on gloves or apron, if possible.
- Avoid exposing yourself to chemicals.
2. Rinse and Clear Burn Area
- Flood area with cool water for at least 20 minutes or until help arrives.
- Make sure water doesn't flow onto another part of the person's body or onto you.
- Don't use a strong stream of water, if possible.
- As you flush burn (not before), remove jewelry or articles of clothing with chemical on them, unless they're stuck to the person's body.
- After flushing the burn, follow instructions on the label of the chemical product, if available.
- Don't try to neutralize the burn with acid or alkali. This could cause a chemical reaction that would worsen the burn.
- Don't put antibiotic ointment on the burn.
3. Cover a Small Burn Area
- You can wrap a small burn with dry, sterile gauze or clean cloth.
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