Chemical burns? Rashes? Allergic reaction?
I work at a fast food restaurant, mostly washing dishes, but doing some cooking and other cleaning as well.
I was told by my manager to clean the side of one of our ovens, very greasy and hard to wash so me and a co-worker decided to use bleach, pine-sol, and soap. Shortly after washing the oven, my right arm and parts of my fingers (lower knuckles, especially on my ring finger) turned red and were a little irritated. The rashes went down but every time I wash dishes they burn and now they have gotten a little worse. I believe that the rash on my arm is an allergic reaction but I think the part on my ring finger is a chemical burn.
That was the first part. Last night after getting home, (remember, I wash a LOT of dishes, and never use lotion, so my hands get dry), my hand started hurting a little.. a slight stinging. It got worse and worse until I had to hold my hand open so the skin wouldn't rip and I had to get some lotion to hydrate my hands. The lotion seemed to help but the cuts (or whatever they are) sting for a while after I apply it.
When I awoke this morning, everything seemed to look a little better, so I got up and got ready and went to work again. I didn't use any bleach or get near it today, but throughout the day my hand has steadily gotten worse.
My guess is it's a mixture of my three suggestions, chemical burns, rashes and allergic reactions.
I'm including links to two pictures of my hand. One is brighter, but makes it look less serious than it really is, so I included a darker picture to give you an idea.
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