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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes palpitations after a chemical burn on the left thigh?

Spilled a chemical solution, used for preserving a rose in a globe, onto my left thigh about three weeks ago. Immediately showered. Site began swelling before I could get undressed and the swelling is still there. Now I am experiencing heart palpitations, which is brand new. Is there a correlation? And what should I do?
Tue, 29 May 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

We will try to help you in best way possible. First of all it's sad to know what you had been going through lately. Based on the history you have shared, the local reaction if lead to anaphylaxis or allergic reactions it is often rapid and starts within minutes to hours after such exposures and may cause tachycardia however if local inflammation later on produces fever or triggers immune response of body it may also cause transient tachycardia. Usually it subsides once fever or inflammatory response settles but if the substance contain some cardiac chemical or something which can increase bodies sympathetic response it may cause fast heart beat or palpitations. In any case it's better to get a baseline EKG and if fast heart beat persists a 24 hours holter monitoring may also be needed.

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