Treating Personal Contamination
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Your skin can be contaminated by contact with dangerous chemicals, including some common household and lawn products; biological agents such as anthrax; or dust, dirt, or other substances that might contain radioactive fallout. In many cases, immediately removing all traces of the harmful substance from your skin can minimize any damage it may cause.
Watering or burning eyes and stinging or burning skin are signs that you may have been exposed to something harmful. If you know or suspect a hazardous exposure, take immediate action:
These are general guidelines for removing contaminants and are appropriate for many-but not all-hazardous substance exposures. Your local Poison Control Center or other local authorities may have more specific instructions for you depending on what you were exposed to, especially if there has been a community-wide exposure.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 7, 2017
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