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The evaluation and treatment of common topical chemical burns will be reviewed here with a focus on the basic principles of management. Thermal burns, chemical ingestions, chemical eye injuries, and agents used for chemical warfare are discussed elsewhere. (See "Emergency care of moderate and severe thermal burns in adults" and "Caustic esophageal injury in adults" and "Caustic esophageal injury in children" and "Corneal abrasions and corneal foreign bodies: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis" and "Chemical terrorism: Rapid recognition and initial medical management" .)