Effects of Potassium Chloride on Skin Health
Potassium Chloride (KCl) is a metal-halide salt containing both potassium and chlorine. Like all other salts, it is crystalline in nature. When in its pure state, potassium chloride is colorless (or white) and odorless. Potassium chloride is sometimes also referred to as “muriate (hydrochloride) of potash”, especially when used as a fertilizer. It is naturally present in minerals, sylvites and carnallites. It can also be extracted from salt water. Majority of potassium chloride is used in manufacturing fertilizers, as well as in scientific applications (formation of chemicals), medicines, food processing and as a substitute for table salt (sodium chloride).
Health effects of Potassium Chloride when exposed to skin
Potassium chloride is medically used for curing hypokalemia (a condition of low potassium concentration in the blood) and other associated symptoms. Gastrointestinal disturbances and cardiac arrest are some serious side effects of potassium chloride.
According to Schüssler (Book: “The Twelve Tissue Remedies of Schussler”), potash is chemically related to fibrin. New brain cells are formed in the presence of potassium chloride. This chemical compound is present in many parts of the body including muscles, blood cells, nervous system as well as intercellular fluids.
However, an overdose of the compound can be fatal and this property has led to its usage in lethal injections, including termination of pregnancy (abortion).
Although, potassium chloride is used in many vital functions of the body, if in excess, it can be dangerous and may even lead to death. When the salt comes in contact with skin, especially wet or moist skin, it can produce rashes, itching or hives (hives are raised, itchy, red blisters on the surface of the skin), swelling of the mouth, face and lips , as well as a whitish-grey coating at the base of the tongue.
If the epidermal cells release potassium chloride molecules as a result of skin irritation, fibrin is thrown out as white exudations that convert into dried, scaly eruptions. In case of severe skin rash, if the irritation extends to the tissues underneath the epidermis, both the serum and fibrin are affected, and the skin involved will also exude out as blisters. Affected tissues can again be restored by proper administration of potassium chloride.
Potassium chloride, when it comes in direct contact with the skin, causes flour-like scaling of the skin and swelling. First-aid measures include removing of any susceptive contaminated clothing and washing and cleaning of affected skin with water and soap for at least fifteen minutes. If the symptoms still persist or the irritation develops further, immediate medical attention is advised.