Chemical Burn

ExitCare ImageChemicals can burn the skin. A chemical burn should be rinsed with cool water and checked by an emergency doctor. Burn care is important to stop infection. Keep chemicals out of reach of children. Wear safety gloves when handling chemicals.

HOME CARE

  • Wash your hands well before you change your bandage.

  • Change your bandage as often as told by your doctor.

  • Remove the old bandage. If the bandage sticks, soak it off with cool, clean water.

  • Gently clean the burn with mild soap and water.

  • Pat the burn dry with a clean, dry cloth.

  • Put a thin layer of medicated cream on the burn.

  • Put a clean bandage on as told by your doctor.

  • Keep the bandage clean and dry.

  • Raise (elevate) the burn for the first 24 hours. After that, follow your doctor's directions.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all your doctor visits.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have too much pain.

  • The skin near the burn is red, tender, puffy (swollen), or has red streaks.

  • The burn area has yellowish-white fluid (pus) or a bad smell coming from it.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.