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  • Chemical Burns & Skin Exposure to Chemical Poisons

    Image of hand with chemical burn

    How does a Chemical burn differ from a Thermal Burn or Scald? Unlike heat and liquid, chemicals can stay on the body continuing to cause damage.

    • Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately.
    • Gently brush away any excess powdered chemicals from the skin, being careful not to get the chemical on you or elsewhere on the casualty. Be especially careful of the eye area.
    • Immediately flush the remaining chemicals off the burned area with copiousness amounts of running water for at least 15-20 minutes. Use a shower, hose, or any available water faucet. Continue to flush with water while carefully removing any clothing from the burned area.

    Also Read: Tips on Treating Chemical BurnsHow to Treat Thermal Burns, and General Burn First Aid Information

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  • Burn Time

    This year, for Burn Awareness Week, the focus is on scalds. Scalds are a painful and unusual type of burn.

    AlarmThe length of contact with the scalding substance, and the temperature are the main factors affecting scald severity. The clothes on which a substance is spilled retain heat until they are removed.

    The nature of the substance matters. The stickier or heavier the substance that spills, the more likely it will retain heat and stick to the body, or to the clothes on the body. Oatmeal and spaghetti sauce heated close to the boiling point, for example, will cause a more severe injury than hot water of the same temperature.

    Some other considerations for scald burns:

    ~ A spill of small size may affect a large area of a child’s body.

    ~ A cup of coffee, for example, could burn 25% of a toddler’s body.

    ~ Scald burns to the face, hands, feet or private areas of the body can be difficult to heal and affect their functions for a long time.

    Also read: Burns and Scalds in the Kitchen & read other articles in our Burn Care First Aid Blog.

  • How to Treat Thermal Burns

    Image of thermal burn treatment instructionFollow these tips in the case of a mild thermal burn:

    • Cool the burned area by immersing in cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes.
    • Do not break blisters or rub skin.
    • Place a dry, sterile dressing over the burn area to keep clean.

    Follow these tips in the case of a severe thermal burn:

    • Call 9-1-1 or EMS if the burn is severe.
    • Cool the burned area by immersing in cool, clean water for at least 15 minutes.
    • Apply a clean, sterile dressing over the burned area(s) to protect from infection.
    • Keep the casualty calm and still while you wait for EMS to arrive.
    • If possible, elevate the burned area to help prevent swelling and pain, but only do so if it does not cause further discomfort to the casualty.

    Also read: General Burn First Aid Information & Tips on Treating Chemical Burns

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    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

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