Poisoning

A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body. You might swallow it, inhale it, inject it, or absorb it through your skin. Any substance can be poisonous if too much is taken. Poisons can include:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter medicines taken in doses that are too high
  • Overdoses of illegal drugs
  • Carbon monoxide from gas appliances
  • Household products, such as laundry powder or furniture polish
  • Pesticides
  • Indoor or outdoor plants
  • Metals such as lead and mercury

The effects of poisoning range from short-term illness to brain damage, coma, and death. To prevent poisoning it is important to use and store products exactly as their labels say. Keep dangerous products where children can't get to them. Treatment for poisoning depends on the type of poison. If you suspect someone has been poisoned, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away.

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  1. Poisoning (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... such as lead and mercury The effects of poisoning range from short-term illness to brain damage, coma, and death. To prevent poisoning it is important to use and store products ...
  2. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... them in. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are: Headache Dizziness Weakness Nausea Vomiting Chest pain ... often hard to tell if someone has CO poisoning, because the symptoms may be like those of ...
  3. Foodborne Illness (National Library of Medicine)  
    Each year, around 48 million people in the United States get sick from contaminated food. Common causes include bacteria and viruses. Less often, the cause ...
  4. Lead Poisoning (National Library of Medicine)  
    Lead is a metal that occurs naturally in the earth's crust. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment. Much of it comes from human activities such ...
  5. Pokeweed is a flowering plant. Pokeweed poisoning occurs when someone eats pieces of this plant. This article is for information only. DO NOT use it to treat or manage ...
  6. ... to the species Arisaema triphyllum . This article describes poisoning caused by eating parts of this plant. The ... hotline will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. This is ...
  7. ... the skin or mucous membranes. This article discusses poisoning from sulfuric acid. This article is for information ... number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. This is ...
  8. ... an oily substance taken from sheep's wool. Lanolin poisoning occurs when someone swallows a product that contains ... Symptoms of lanolin poisoning include: Diarrhea Rash Swelling and redness ... of allergic reactions may include: Eye, lip, mouth, and ...
  9. ... a product used to kill or control bugs. Poisoning may occur if you swallow malathion, handle it ... Below are symptoms of malathion poisoning in different parts of the ... Wheezing Increased airway secretions or mucus No breathing ...
  10. ... is added to many different products. Carbolic acid poisoning occurs when someone touches or swallows this chemical. ... Below are symptoms of carbolic acid poisoning in different parts of the ... urine Decreased urine output No urine output EYES, EARS, ...
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