Chemical Skin Injury

Mechanisms, Prevention, Decontamination, Treatment

  • Howard I. Maibach
  • Alan H. Hall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Patrice Josset, Alan H. Hall
    Pages 1-19
  3. Patrice Josset, Valquíria Bueno, Osvaldo Augusto Sant’anna
    Pages 21-42
  4. François Burgher, Laurence Mathieu, Joël Blomet, Sarah J. Gilpin, Howard I. Maibach, Aziza Whaby et al.
    Pages 73-196
  5. François Burgher, Carlos Alberto Yoshimura, Grascha Pierre, Lucien Bodson
    Pages 197-231
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-241

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date, compact but comprehensive review of chemical skin injuries, differentiating them from thermal skin burns. After an introductory chapter on the history of chemical skin injuries and the scope of the problem, the anatomy, histology, physiology, and immunology of normal skin are described. Mechanisms involved in chemical penetration of normal skin are explained, and the effects of damaged skin on chemical penetration are analyzed. The remainder of the book discusses a variety of clinically relevant aspects, such as the different forms of chemical skin injury, including injuries that arise during skin peeling or due to hair products; preventive measures; emergency treatment; rinsing therapy; medical and surgical treatment; and the importance of providing relevant information to workers. The role of predictive toxicology is also considered.

Chemical Skin Injury:  Mechanisms, Prevention, Decontamination, Treatment is an ideal resource for readers who want to understand chemical skin injury, to put preventive measures in place, and to respond appropriately should a chemical skin injury occur.


Chemical cutaneous injury Corrosive chemicals Damaged skin Irritant chemicals Oxidizers-reducing agents

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard I. Maibach
    • 1
  • Alan H. Hall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of California School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Toxicology Consulting and Medical Translating ServicesAzleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-39778-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-39779-0
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