Home > Medical > First aid > Burns 29 June 2005 Chemical burns on the skin Follow these instructions if you have suffered are chemical burns. 0 Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre How to save a choking child Rinse the burnt areas with cool, running water for 20 minutes, and wash gently with soap. Remove clothing, cutting it away if necessary to avoid spreading the chemical to other parts of the skin. Don't apply lotions or ointments to the burnt skin. If the burnt area is large, cover it with a clean, damp sheet. If the chemical splashed into the eyes, follow instructions for eyes. If a chemical has been swallowed or inhaled, call a poison information centre immediately and follow their instructions. Call the doctor immediately after providing first aid. More in Medical Smoke inhalation More: First aidBurns SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Muhammad Ali set to recover from pneumonia Medical E-cigarettes less addictive than regular cigarettes Lifestyle Party like a pro Lifestyle Alcohol blackouts common in teens Lifestyle How to stay safe this holiday Lifestyle 13 food superstitions From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.