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Skin allergy to vinegar??
brigit_braham posted:
My son read that putting vinegar on skin abrasions would be helpful and put a rag soaked with vinegar on my 2 year olds face all night long. The next morning her face was severely swollen and had tons of red and blue splotches that made her look as though someone had beaten her. Could this be the result of a severe skin reaction to the prolonged vinegar on her face? She has sensitive skin anyway and I am trying to find out if the vinegar could cause such a reaction. Please help!
Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Welcome to the community Brigit,

I am so sorry to hear about your little one's reaction. I hope that she is doing better today!

Vinegar is a highly acidic liquid, therefore, to have it on one's skin for an entire night would be very harsh. I'm not a medical professional and possibly she does have an allergy, but according to the second page of the very helpful WebMD Apple Cider Vinegar Overview , "Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin." Please call her pediatrician and let him/her know about this in case she needs to be examined or some sort of treatment!

You might also want to post in our WebMD Skin Problems & Treatments Community for more feedback and information. I wish her and your family the very best.
Please keep us posted!
The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks. - Anonymous

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