Chlorine is considered as a caustic chemical that is utilized in managing the pH levels in water systems and swimming pools. Even though the chemical is harmless when properly used, accidents can happen which makes it a danger to the health and you are required to treat chemical burns from chlorine in swimming pools.
A chemical burn due to chlorine in a swimming pool can affect the area it came in contact first. This requires prompt treatment to prevent burns on the skin. Once the skin came in contact with the chemical, the first aid care depends on the severity sustained.
Determine the level of injury
You have to assess the level of injury right away. The assessment involves inspection of the area burned and an interpretive response from the individual. You have to utilize a percentage of the affected area as one of the vital factors. Large-sized burns would always require immediate emergency care.
In case the burn is inside the mouth, nose or eyes, it is best to seek medical care right away. If the skin layers are open and the tissues are visible, bring the individual to the emergency department right away. Additionally, if the individual appears distraught, feels clammy, pale and breathing in a shallow manner, he/she might be in a state of shock, thus you have to seek medical care right away.
Treating the chemical burn caused by chlorine
You have to carry out basic first aid on the affected area depending on the severity. Place the area under cool running water to help wash away any leftover chlorine and sooth the area. In addition, remove the clothing to expose the burn and surrounding surface of the skin. Rinse the area thoroughly with cool to warm water for 15-20 minutes.
Check the chemical burn again. If the affected area appears like sunburn, it is a first-degree burn from chlorine. In case blisters are present, it is a second-degree burn. Any burn that is worse than blistering skin is a third-degree burn and this necessitates immediate medical care to save as much epidermis as possible.
For the first-degree burns, you have to apply natural aloe vera gel. Pain medications such as ibuprofen can be given for pain and you can cover small burns with gauze. As for large first and second-degree burns, they must be covered to prevent infection. You have to wrap the affected area using a clean cotton sheet. This will help soothe the pain and draw out the heat from the burn.
Continue to monitor the individual until the affected skin starts to heal on its own. In most cases, the area should scab and dry until the affected skin layers have peeled off or scabbed at the blisters. Do not forget to apply natural aloe vera and regularly changing the bandages to ensure that the skin will heal without scarring.