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Important Steps On How To Survive An Acid Attack

Acids are cheap and easy to purchase compared to knives, guns and other weapons. They are an easy method of inflicting damage. Chemical burns can extend into your tendons and bones, and the damage could be so severe that you may need to have your limbs cut off.

80% of acid attack victims are women. These attackers don't want to kill their victims, instead they want to disfigure and scar the victim for life by ruining their romantic prospects, career opportunities and social status.

If you're walking down the street, and a stranger approaches you and suddenly throws a cup of acid on you, here are some tips on your next steps and how to survive an acid attack.

The first step is to rinse the burn. Rinsing yourself with water within the first minute after the burn can reduce your risk of complications, limit the long-term effects of scarring and reduce your need for surgery. So flush the burn area for at least for 20 minutes.

The second step is to act fast. If you're attacked with acid, the following seconds are a crucial time for limiting the severity of your wounds. When toxic chemicals come in contact with skin, it denatures the body tissues. So it's important to contain the damage immediately.

The third step is to measure the burn. After rinsing the area with water, put clean gauze over the burn to keep it clean. Don't try to remove the skin or blisters, and don't use any lotion or ointment unless a doctor tells you to. If the burn is larger than 7.6 cm or located on your hands, feet, face or groin, you need to go to a hospital and have your wounds checked by a doctor.

The next step is; don't rub the burn. After you apply a sterile gauze to the burn, a cool compress can help relief your pain but don't put ice on the burn, as this could cause further damage to the skin. Also don't scrub or run the burn.

The final step is to check the vital signs. Chemical burns are responsible for one third of burn related deaths. Along with the burn, first responders need to monitor your vital signs like breathing, heart rate and level of consciousness.

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