Chemical burns are typically very serious, damaging, burns. As with other burns, chemical burns are classified in first, second, and third degree burn categories. Chemical burns are usually severe and result in a great amount of damage to the skin tissue.
Chemical burns most commonly occur in workplace settings, but may also occur as a result of home accidents or while in other settings. Chemical burns may result after coming into contact with a variety of products. These products typically include industrial chemicals such as acids, strong alkali, silver nitrate, lye, and lime. Household products including some cleaning products, drain products, and fertilizers may also cause chemical burns.