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What is the treatment for chemical burn in the upper lip?

I got chemical burn on my upper lip from a hair removal cream. I thought it was not bad so i just rinsed wit cold water, but It was really painful. The next morning i realized it looked worse. I tried to run ice cube gently on the skin. But it did not work. It got worse as i could see it turns into red-ish peeled really dry skin. And it is still painful whenever i stretch my upper lip. I try to put silver sulfadiazine. Am doing a right treatment? And how long will it take to heal? Im worried if it will leave permanent mark. Is it possible to get my skin back to normal after it heals ? Thanks so much
Thu, 18 Sep 2014
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Dermatologist 's  Response
hi
Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum

You seem to have developed superficial skin burns.
I would advise you to keep the area clean and dry. Use an antiseptic solution or lukewarm water to clean the area twice a day
Apply an antibiotic cream like mupirocin gel, as this will decrease the chances of superadded infection as any kind of infection over the affected area will lead to increased chances of scarring and pigmentation.
Also use a sunscreen regularly before going out in the sun.
Take oral antihistamines like levocetrizine once a day to reduce the redness and irritation
You can additionally take oral vitamin C supplementation in order to speed up the healing process.
The burn will heal in a span of 5-7 days if proper care is taken, after that, if any pigmentation persists, then you can apply a mild lightening agent containing kojic acid over the lesion till the skin color returns back to normal .

Hope it helps
Dr Geetika Paul

MD( Dermatology)
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