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    Concrete Poisoning! need help ASAP 10/29/2010

    Well, I never believed it but I have it, my legs and feet look black almost, What is good to treat it? I have a doctors appt in the afternoon tommorrow but am in extreme pain untill then (prolly after then too)

    have any of you (i am sure several of you) ever experianced this? and if so what gave you relief from the pain, I have had back surgery and was in bed for several weeks, and is NOTHING like the pain of concrete poisoning

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    Don't wait till tomorrow. Get to a hospital now. You are in grave danger of the acids getting into your other systems. You will likely end up with severe burn conditions. I have had it on my hands and arms and it is nothing to fool around with.
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    IF YOUR STILL ONLINE,YOUR NUTS
    Everything he said is true,don't wait.... Get to the hospital

    Have had a hand blow up like a latex glove.Please don't wait
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    Wow, i dint know it was that serious, i mean it hurts like hell but....

    I called poison controll and they recomended a paste of baking soda and water, and belive me....it helps! not 100% but at least its tolerable till the morning. I can tell you from experiance that spraying peroxide and alchahol on it was not the thing to do lol



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    Seek professional medical attention without delay

    When cement is dry it contains calcium oxide, which is not particularly dangerous. However, when water is added to cement, calcium hydroxide is formed, which is extremely alkaline with a pH of 12 to 13. Normal human skin has a pH of 5.5; therefore, wet cement can produce alkaline (caustic) skin burns which progress and get worse without more exposure. A worker may have wet concrete on his or her skin for hours without feeling any discomfort; however, the cement is damaging the skin microscopically. Early identification of changes to the skin is important so steps can be taken to treat the affected area.

    Donít assume the burn will not get worse. By the time a worker becomes aware of a burn, much damage has already occurred and further damage is difficult to stop.

    Cement burns frequently produce discoloration of the skin, gradually changing to a deep purple-blue color, eventually progressing to painful burns, ulcerations and, in the worst cases, amputation. Some patients report red inflamed skin near the affected area followed by severe blistering. Cement burns can also lead to allergic dermatitis.

    Wet concrete has additional characteristics that are harmful to human skin: hygroscopic (draws moisture from skin); abrasive (physically damages the skin surface, making it a less effective barrier); and contains sensitizing chemicals and metals, such as hexavalent chromium (can cause allergic contact dermatitis).

    Once the eyes or areas of the skin have been directly exposed to wet concrete, immediate steps should be followed to slow the burning process:

    Remove any contaminated clothing, being careful not to touch unexposed areas. Promptly rinse clothes in clean water.
    Gently brush any dry chemicals off the skin and flush the affected area with clean running water for at least 20 minutes. To help neutralize the alkalinity, add vinegar, citrus or a buffer to the water.
    If the eyes are involved, rinse eyes with clean water for 20 minutes.
    Seek professional medical attention without delay. Provide the medical personnel with a product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and a Physician Alert brochure (available from The Center to Protect Workersí Rights), which explains the skin hazards of concrete work.

    Seek professional medical attention without delay

    We had 3 guys taken to the hospital in the mid 70's .... from busting drill pipe apart.... after the shoe plugged .... they had to pull all at pipe from the well... even though they were wrapping it with burlap... the were still getting sprayed with the cement... one in serious condition

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    Went to the DR today, and he looked at it and said...."Damn I bet that hurts" I said "Yeah it hurts like hell now gimme that script pad and I'll show you how to make it stop" lol.

    He gave me some cream and pills and sent me home...told him to call him in a day or so if my foot fell off. (or it got worse)

    I Called Poison controll center yesterday and they told me NOT to run vinegar because it could actually cause a thermal reaction and actually Heat up and cause more blistering......that and it sounded like it would be crazzzy painfull, so I decided to leave the vinegar in the cabinet lol.

    Either the cream he gave me is working good or the pills are kicking in, one of the two....of course i cant hit my ass with both hands right now so it may be the pills lol

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    Be very careful working around cement, even cement that has been set. I was once using cutoff saw sawing through cured cement. Apperantly got some of the dust in my right eye. Ended up with a Zoster infection that affected the ability for my right eye to make tears. Had a daily routine of meds and eye drops for near two years over that. Cement is some wicked stuff.
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    Some people are very senstive to concrete. I worked on crews relineing culverts under the interstate all the concrete was pumped down to colvert. We had two guys that had severe burns. In a couple of the pours. They had to take a week off. They absorbed it through theirs shirts from sweating they didn't even have concrete on them. I was breaking the pipes down and carrying them out. I looked like I bathed in concrete and no burns on me.I did get burns one time and it hurt like hell. They were very minor it was from concrete coming over top of boots then rubbing in between phants and boots.

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    see, that's what I thought my problem was, as we were pouring I noticed some discomfort but I just figured it was the sand and grit grinding against my boot.

    I have since learned that if it happens to pee on it as soon as you notice it.....I cant say im real thrilled about pissing on my leg but after what I am going through it dosent sound that bad lol.

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    my foot on march 8th. got concrete in there while pouring some benching in an outfall chamber. it hurt like hell.

    DO NOT TREAT WITH VINEGAR! that's what i did and i think it's what caused things to get a lot worse.

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    Sorry you had to find out the hard way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post
    Sorry you had to find out the hard way.
    I'd like to put a pail of cement somewhere in/on U.....Your a stinker tiny

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    LOL , I think I have a stalker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post
    LOL , I think I have a stalker
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    Concrete Poisoning! need help ASAP 10/29/2010
    So, now that it's happened, how did it turn out?
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