First aid: Chemical burns
If a chemical burns the skin, follow these steps:
Get a tetanus shot. All burns are susceptible to tetanus. Doctors recommend you get a tetanus shot every 10 years. If your last shot was more than five years ago, your doctor may recommend a tetanus shot booster.
Minor chemical burns usually heal without further treatment.
Seek emergency medical assistance if:
If you're unsure whether a substance is toxic, call the poison control center at 800-222-1222. If you seek emergency assistance, take the chemical container or a complete description of the substance with you for identification.
Last Updated: 2010-01-05
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