Bleach burns?

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  1. Tracy Rimmer

    Tracy Rimmer CF, Classroom & Books Mod Supporter

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    Okay, so I'm an idiot. I attribute it to doing something unthinkingly rather than outright stupidity, of course, but the outcome is pretty much the same.

    I used straight bleach to clean my white arborite countertops because I'd lost patience with every other cleaner I've tried, and forgot to put on rubber gloves. I use bleach a lot to clean, but only diluted. I just didn't think, and now, I have what appear to be bleach burns on my hands.

    I've tried lotion, I've tried aloe vera gel, and the skin on my hand is still really irritated. Suggestions?
     
  2. mpillow

    mpillow Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My daughter had this reaction too....silverdeen? for burns is what we used and bag balm....it looks red and peely/blotchy? It was 2-3 weeks healing and no cleaning products near the tender skin ever again!!!

    Hope it heals quickly!
     

  3. mtman

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    i wash my hands in stright bleech never seemed to bother my hands then again my hands are like leather
     
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    vinegar, then soak your hands in epsom salts and water! don't play with bleach without hand and eye protection!
    vinegar is mild acid, bleach alkaline, may hurt but will kill the alkali
     
  5. Tracy Rimmer

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    Yes -- peely and blotchy and ITCHY and BURNY.... sounds like I'm naming cartoon characters, doesn't it? :) 2-3 weeks. Great. I have a conference in two weeks, I was rather hoping it would be gone by then. No one is going to want to shake my hand.

    Which, in the middle of flu season may not be such a bad thing :)

    Thanks for the suggestions, folks!

    Tracy
     
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    Yeah, I got it one time from pool chlorinator, not much you can do, just wait, I do remember it taking a good while to heal, seems like I always get it under my ring, I don't know if the metal reacts with the bleach or if it is just because the ring traps the chemical under it.