Piggott CD, Hayes B, Robb CW, Thomas L, Creech CB, Smith ML. Chemical burn induced by cutaneous exposure to a concentrated sodium hypochlorite and alkyl sulfate solution. Cutaneous and ocular toxicology. 26(26). 189-94. PMID: 17687684 [PubMed]
Acute irritant contact dermatitis induced by cutaneous exposure to chemicals is a common dermatologic problem in the workplace. In severe cases, irritant contact responses can result in a caustic burn. Chemical burn induced by concentrated sodium hypochlorite (the active ingredient in bleach) has been reported infrequently in the literature, with no previously reported cases of chemical burn due to an alkyl sulfate (a common surfactant in cleaning fluids). Here we describe a chemical burn in a 16-year-old girl resulting from exposure to a solution of concentrated sodium hypochlorite and alkyl sulfate applied as a sanitizer to the interior of roller skates worn at work.