Q336: I have been sprayed by CS gas does it have any long-term effects?

The immediate effects of CS spray are discomfort to the eyes, burning sensation, coughing and tightness in the chest. These symptoms should disappear within fifteen minutes. To aid recovery the best thing to do is to stand in the fresh air. If the symptoms persist you should consult your doctor.

There may be some irritation of the skin for about six to eight hours due to the chemical component within the CS spray. This will take the form of flaking or blistering of skin. If this occurs then you should consult your doctor.

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