Poisoning can occur a number of ways. It can occur because of a dangerous mixture of medications, from an overdose, from swallowing dangerous household chemicals or insecticides, and from ingesting poisonous plants, food, or nicotine.
A person's reaction can vary, dependent on the type of the amount of toxins ingested, with possible emergency and fatal outcomes. Reactions can include inflammation or burning around the lips, if the substance was taken orally; difficulty swallowing; nausea; sudden behavior changes; extreme thirst; breathing difficulties; unconsciousness; headaches; convulsions; vomiting; and death.
Improper use of medications, such as an overdose of the mixture of one medication with another without the doctor's recommendation, can trigger an adverse reaction. Many prescription medications can have negative effects when combined with others. Also, some people unknowingly harbor allergies to medications, which could lead to poisonous predicaments.
Children with access to household chemicals, detergents, and cleaners that are poorly capped and stored are vulnerable to sampling these poisons. The immediate response could include vomiting or gagging. Also, children may accidentally lick, chew, or swallow poisonous plants or nicotine patches, which could induce dizziness or possibly only transitory distress.
Another more common form of poisoning comes from the ingestion of tainted food that was improperly cleaned, cooked, or refrigerated. These foods can contain dangerous bacteria and contaminants that create a feeling of pain, bloating, and nausea for three to six hours after consumption, as well as diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting.
The most serious type of food poisoning, particularly with improperly canned foods and seafood, is a potentially fatal form known as botulism. Generally, the longer it takes for the symptoms of food poisoning to appear, the more serious the poisoning.
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- Difficulty swallowing
- Sudden behavior changes
- Extreme thirst
- Breathing difficulties
- Ingestion of a toxic substance
Acute Poisoning (Internal)
If you suspect that your child has ingested a poison, first get the poisonous substance away from your child. If there is still some in his or her mouth, have the child spit it out into a bowl, so that you have the substance if a doctor needs to examine it. Next, check your child for these signs:
- Severe throat pain or discomfort
- Excessive drooling
- Trouble breathing
If your child has any of these signs, call an ambulance or get the child to an emergency room immediately. If there is no sign of these serious symptoms, call your local poison control center. The number is usually listed on the inside cover of your phone book (it's best to have it on a sheet near your phone for emergency use). If you cannot find the number, call 911 and ask for poison control. You can also call your pediatrician. Do not make your child vomit unless instructed to do so by the poison control center or your doctor.
Poison on the Skin
If a chemical is spilled on your skin, remove your clothes and rinse the skin with lukewarm water for fifteen minutes. Then call the poison control center for further advice. Do not apply any topical treatment unless instructed to do so.
Poison in the Eye
Immediately flush your eye with lukewarm water. Aim for the inner corner of the eye. Flush for fifteen minutes, and call the poison control center for further directions
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