alkali burn

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alkali burn

damage to tissue caused by exposure to an alkaline compound such as lye. Treatment includes washing the area with copious amounts of water to remove the chemical. The victim is immediately taken to a medical facility for assessment of tissue damage. Compare acid burn.

alkali burn

A burn caused by caustic alkalies such as lye, caustic potash (potassium hydroxide), and caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), and marked by a painful skin lesion, often associated with gelatinization of tissue.

Emergency Care

The burn is irrigated with large volumes of water and dressed.


Be careful to brush dry powder off the skin before applying water, as some chemicals, such as lye, react with water.
See also: burn