How to relieve tear gas exposure
Tear gas is normally used by the police or enforcement agencies to control protesters and to disperse crowds in a riot or an illegal assembly. Tear gas normally used by riot police are either Chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS) or Chloroacetophenone (CN) also known as mace.
Tear gas is launched as grenades or aerosol cans, and exposure to tear gas will irritate the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs causing tearing, coughing and sneezing. Tear gas is actually acidic and its effect lasts about 5 to 30 minutes. It is good to be prepared before participating in any demonstrations. If the situation becomes unruly, there is a high chance that the police will use tear gas to dispers crowds.
Wash and flush eyes with clear water or saline and remove contact lenses.
Eat some table salt as anti-acid to neutralize the acidic effects and to rehydrate.
Remove all clothing and shower with water and soap to wash away tear gas chemicals from skin.
Seek medical help if there are any other complications.
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