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Skin, Eyes, and Mucous Membranes

Potential Medical Countermeasures

BAL may be useful in the topical treatment of non-blister injuries from other vesicants in addition to lewisite. Because of reported toxicities associated with BAL, however, this compound has not been considered to be a useful prophylactic drug. Other therapeutic compounds are needed that can prevent or quickly reduce the redness and deep tissue damage (blisters). Also needed are improved skin protectants, reactive skin protectants that can neutralize the agent, new skin and eye therapies, and improved healing techniques.

Last Updated February 29, 2008