Anyone can suffer from a chemical burn by accidentally spilling bleach on the skin while using the chemical. This injury can occur whether at home where the chemical is used for cleaning purposes or while at work in manufacturing facilities. If the skin bleach burn is severe, it is vital to seek immediate medical care. If not treated right away, the chemical has the potential to cause severe damage.
If the individual has signs of shock, has a generalized body reaction, burn that covers an area bigger than 3 inches, eye was exposed to the chemical, affected area is over a major joint or on the face, buttocks, face, feet or groin, medical care must be sought. In addition, if the individual has not received a tetanus shot within the past 5 years, it is recommended to get one since all cases of burns puts an individual at risk for tetanus. Remember that a skin bleach burn that does not require medical care still needs prompt treatment to minimize the degree of damage on the skin.
Flushing of the burned area
The primary move when handling a skin bleach burn is to flush the chemical off the skin using cool running water. This should be continued for 20 minutes or more. Do not forget to remove any contaminated clothing or jewelry before flushing. If the individual experiences increasing burning after the first wash, rewash the affected area again.
Measures for pain relief
The pain from the skin bleach burn can be managed in various ways. The first measure is to apply a cold, moist compress over the burned area. You can also provide the individual with an over-the-counter pain medication such as naproxen, ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin. Just remember though that if the victim is a child younger than 2 years old, do not give aspirin. Once the pain could not be controlled with these over-the-counter medications, seek medical care.
If in doubt with the type of medications to use to control the pain, it is best to consult a doctor first before giving any medications.
You have to cover the burned area using a sterile, dry dressing or a clean cloth for protection against friction. In case the skin bleach burn is minor, it can heal on its own without further treatment.
Do not apply any salves or ointments over the burned area and avoid removing dead skin or popping up blisters. This will only put the individual at high risk for developing infection once the blisters are popped open.
Once an individual sustained a skin bleach burn from strong or industrial-grade varieties, it is best to seek immediate medical care or consult a doctor right away. In doing so, proper treatment of the affected area can be carried out to prevent further damage.