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 Load shedding killed my baby News Feed hungry children through social media Medical Exercise doesn't help all type 2 diabetics Medical Future eye health leaders in Africa lauded Medical When tumours contain hair, teeth and other body organs Medical US flu season off to slow start 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 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. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.