alkali burn

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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
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Blood vessel buds started growing 3 days after alkali burn injury, spreading was fastest from the limbus into nearly the whole corneal stroma (during 7-14 days after injury) with more than five branches, and secretion was visible in the conjunctiva and on the eyelid margins.
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Battery impaction in the nose has been described as a cause of septal perforation secondary to alkali burns and subsequent necrosis.