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What To Do

Do you know how to treat an exposure to substances like bleach, acetone, or acid? Proper first aid can prevent irritation or a chemical burn. Learn how to handle this type of contact injury with these basic first aid tips for poisoning on the skin.

First aid measures for treating skin exposures:
  1. Remove any jewelry or clothing that could have been contaminated by the chemical.
  2. Rinse the affected area with cool water to get off any of the leftover chemicals for at least 10 minutes. For dry chemicals, brush off any remaining chemicals before rinsing with water.
  3. After rinsing, wash the area gently with soap and water.
  4. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a specially trained nurse or pharmacist for more treatment advice.


Some chemical burns you may notice instantly, while others can take hours to develop after exposure. If you think your skin has been exposed to a poison, but don’t see any symptoms, call the Missouri Poison Center for guidance.

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