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Last week I dropped a small pocket torch in the sink and, before

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Last week I dropped a small pocket torch in the sink and, before thinking, grabbed it. It hadn't been used for a long time and I could see a little corrosion so I threw it away.

Since then I have had some parasthesia in my hand, plus I've experienced some clumsiness in using the hand, though it is my left and I am right handed.

I have no fever, temperature, nauseau etc. The skin feels dry and a little tight but there are no noticeable marks, no pain, plus all fingers appear to have full movement even against pressure.

I have been applying skin protectant but otherwise trying to use the hand as normal, other than flexing it at rest. Is there anything else I should be doing? I understand it could take dome time for the sensations to abate.

Thanks
Donna

33, Female, currently taking Sertraline 100mg/daily
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  911DOC replied 1 year ago.

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I can't see any relation at all to the torch in the sink with the slight corrosion and the symptoms you seem to be experiencing.

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I can think of no way that they could be related.

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Customer: I understand an alkaline battery can leak and over time potassium carbonate is formed and there's an exothermic reaction when exposed to water. I wasn't sure if that might be a factor but it sounds like it isn't
911DOC :

no, it's not

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you have quite a good knowledge of science

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but there are precious few chemicals that

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when in contact with the skin

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will cause symptoms

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about the only chemical I can think of

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that can cause symptoms from brief skin contact

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is hydroflouric acid

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used in glass etching

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it is quite dangerous to the touch

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and of course there are plants that will cause allergic reactions

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but aside from that there is precious little outside a chemistry lab that can cuase problems

Customer: Well I definitely haven't been doing glass etching! I will check in with my GP next week if it persists. Thank you!
911DOC :

you are most welcome

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do you have any final questions for me on this subject?

Customer: No, thank you
911DOC :

very well

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I hope you have a nice day

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and if this has been helpful please do leave positive feedback

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should you need me in the future

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