Sulfuric Acid Burns

  • Austin JiangEmail author
  • Howard I. Maibach
  • Geetanjali Sethi
  • Viswanath Reddy Belum
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Chemical burns (e.g., sulfuric acid) are more deleterious than thermal burns as the effect continues till the cauterizing agent is neutralized.

Sulfuric acid is a highly corrosive agent and results in the generation of an extreme heat of reaction upon contact with water.

Route of exposure is important in first aid.

Time is a critical factor, and prompt decontamination, clothing removal, and rinsing are key to mitigate complications.

Management of sulfuric acid burns needs further research in the areas outlined.


Wash-in effect Diphoterine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Austin Jiang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Howard I. Maibach
    • 2
  • Geetanjali Sethi
    • 3
  • Viswanath Reddy Belum
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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