A chemical burn can occur when a person comes in direct contact with a chemical or its fumes.
Chemical burns can happen to anyone at any place – at home, at work, at school, when outdoors, or in an attack.
Chemical burns will cause some skin damage, but most people recover fully without any serious health consequences. Severe chemical burns do require immediate emergency care to prevent complications and, in some cases, death.
Common causes of chemical burns
Misusing products such as bleach, oven cleaners and paint thinners may result in chemical burns.
Most chemical burns occur as a result of misuse of products. Some of the most common household and workplace products linked to chemical burns include:
- car battery acid
- swimming pool cleaners
- toilet and drain cleaners
- oven cleaners
- metal cleaners
- concrete mix
- paint thinners