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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.
April 22, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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