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First, note that in chemical burns, "turning white' is not just the paling of skin due to diminishment of blood flow, as in when someone's face pales in fright. Instead, with chemical burns, it is a whitening of the skin itself (and its deeper layers of tissue) , which looks as if you had white-out or white paint splash on your skin, but which cannot be washed off, and typically accompanied by tingling (at first) and burning (later) and a deep ache (if you can't remove it and it continues its action) ... worst is if you get a big enough dose of it to cause nerve damage in the tissue under the skin, which causes it to become 'deadened' to pain and insensitive to touch.
VARIOUS chemicals can cause this. Many of them are acidic, so when I had it happen after mucking about in a box of garden chemicals while helping a neighbor clear out his garage, I ran home, got baking soda (to stop the action of any acid), mixed it with water and soaked my feet and hands, scrubbing with a scrubby cloth to remove the deadened skin wherever the acid had soaked in. That worked for me, and would perhaps help with other acidic-based chemical burns, but a call to the poison center is definitely a wise choice WHENEVER this happens, in case it's a substance that may cause deeper or longer-term issues.
In my case, I believe the problem originated with a garden fertilizing substance called Triple Super Phosphate, because the powder residue had gotten on my hands and on my sandaled feet. But there were some other things (some liquid) in that box that are equally suspect.
Those of you who were just rummaging around somewhere when you came into contact with something unknown might have caused a reaction, should be thinking whether there may have been some old insecticide that people spray into the edges of floors/walls, household cleaners (especially oven cleaner, bleach, drain and toilet bowl cleaners, metal cleaners, etc.), broken-down base chemicals that precipitated out of what was previously non-dangerous household substances that have aged, ... god-knows-what. But I'd encourage you all to CALL THE POISON CENTER!!
This happened to me this morning with my contact solution which has hydrogen peroxide. Weirdly, I’m visiting g my mother and she poured milk over it - it immediately cleared up. Strangest thing, but if it happens to you- wash it with milk!
**** I just sprayed my hands with peroxide and a few minutes went by and now I got little white spots all over my hands with an unbearable itch and stinging like I'm being bit under my skin I can't stand it , why is this happening I also got scabies or mites I think this is killing them and there trying to bite their way out damn it hurts bad it took me 10 minutes to type these words cause I keep stopping to scratch my hands some spots are like lines half inch long and puffed up a little scary **** when I sprayed other areas nothing happens only my hand , anybody ?
I had same thing just happen I was cleaning a window screen that had been in a basement that had been treated for mold several times. My theory is chemical residue from that treatment on the screen..but it was freaking me out. S burning is fading but white pAint marks, like I touched a newly painted wall still remain so far
what happened, though? does it go away? do you end up burning issue?
Happened to me months ago when I was using a spot remover. Just happened for the second time. no spot remover. I put on gloves to dye my hair with a "natural" dye. Thought maybe there was an ant in the glove. Ripped off the gloves and saw thumb and index finger of both hands turning white. Rinsed my hands and put glove on. nothing. I also did the sensitivity test with the dye on my arm two days ago so I don't think it's the dye.