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    What is a chemical burn?

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    Mr Stephen Salerno

    Plastic Surgeon

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    A chemical burn is one casued by an acid or alkali when the subsytnce somes into conatct with the skin.  Usually the substance needs to be in contact with the skin for a variable period of time depending on the strength of the chemical.  Some common acid burns are from hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid which can be found in battery acid.  Common alkai chemical burns are sodium hydroxide which is found in drain blockage removers and Calcium hydroxide which is found in wet cement.

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