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This is a purely anecdotal example: I once set up a target at a shooting range which involved mixing lye. My hands were damp because I had just wiped off some snow, which provided a tacky surface for some lye to stick against. About 2-3min later, it itched. About 10min later, it felt like an open wound, because it was; the skin had turned into a "soup&...


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As noted in the comments, lye burns are very damaging to skin and especially mucous membranes. This damage can be drastically reduced if the lye is washed off as quickly as possible. One reason that these solutions are considered particularly dangerous is that there is no discomfort immediately upon contact (in contrast to acids, which tend to produce ...


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