This question was answered on Sun 07, Feb 2010 09:15am by Dr. Srivastava

Nair Chemical Burn

    
Asked by neverneveragain (Male; 22; Nothing relevant to this topic. ) on Sat 06, Feb 2010 09:43pm

I have used Nair several times in the past to decrease the amount of hair on my scrotum and perineum. I know the product discourages using it on pubic areas, but I have never experienced any discomfort before. Well, I purchased this new Nair Shower product yesterday and applied it to both of the aforementioned areas. I left the nair on for less than the recommended time. While showering it off (slowly rubbing a very soft sponge on the area), i noticed that some of the nair had transfered from my scrotum to the underside of the shaft of my penis. The area was quite red and sensitive, and burned slightly. Fearing I just experienced a chemical burn (I know the skin on the shaft is extremely sensitive), I completely cleaned the area and applied some Neosporin. I have not placed any sort of bandage on the burn since I know burns need air to heal. I woke up today to find what I believe to be blisters appearing within the burn area. I have been applying TriDerma Multi-Purpose Healing Cream every 5 hours or so and have cleaned my penis prior to each new application. I understand that chemical burns on the genitals are considered major burns, but I really don't understand why. I have uploaded a photograph here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47280632@N02/4336773730/ If I need to see a doctor, would I need to do so immediately or could it wait until Monday to better gauge how the burn is healing? Thank you for your time!

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Answer by Dr. Srivastava  on Sun 07, Feb 2010 09:15am:


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Comment by Dr Bhupinder K, MD on Sun 07, Feb 2010 09:48am:
Hello, Welcome to the forum. The symptoms that you are having are due to irritant contact dermatitis. Irritant dermatitis, the most common type of contact dermatitis, involves inflammation resulting from contact with acids, alkaline materials such as soaps and detergents, cosmetics, or other chemicals. The skin of penis is very thin and any strong chemical applied to the penis can cause irritant contact dermatitis and hence first degree chemical burns. Thankfully the chemical burns in your case have been confined to the superficial layers of the skin only. Avoid using any lotions and creams over the penis for the meantime. Wash it with a mild cleanser with moisturizing properties and pat it dry. Also use an over-the-counter remedy containing aloe vera as Dr Anurag has suggested and a light moisturizer or a dusting powder to relieve chafing. If the symptoms persist then topical low potency steroids or silver sulfadiazine may be needed. For that you need to consult a dermatologist. Also in future avoid applying any strong chemical or cosmetic on the genitalia. I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards.

Comment by neko on Thu 30, Dec 2010 05:13pm:
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