Chemical burns need evaluation and treatment. Call the
Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 for specific
treatment for a chemical burn. Have the product container with you when you
Burns can result from contact with a solid, powdered, or liquid
chemical. A chemical burn may be serious because of the action of the corrosive
or irritating chemicals on the skin. A chemical burn on the skin is often
deeper and larger than it may first appear. Chemical fumes and vapors can also
irritate or damage the body, especially the skin, lungs, and eyes. A swallowed
chemical may be poisonous or may cause burning in the throat and
Help protect young children from chemical burns by keeping the
following types of items completely out of reach:
Oven and drain cleaners
Sparks from "sparklers"
If your children use battery-operated toys, make sure the batteries
are in protective casings that require assistance from an adult to open (such
as casings secured with screws).
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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