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Poisoning

 

We can get the exposure to poisons in many ways, including swallowing, breathing in, injection, or skin contact.

Suspect poisoning if someone suddenly becomes ill for no apparent reason, acts strangely, or is found ill near a toxic substance.

Different poisons affect the body functions differently. Some poisons interfere with the bloodís ability to carry oxygen, while others burn and irritate the digestive tract and respiratory system.

The symptoms of poisoning are :

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache or irritability
  • Dizziness, weakness, or drowsiness
  • Pain in swallowing or more saliva
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or nausea
  • Skin rash or chemical bums around nose or mouth
  • Seizures, stupor, or unconsciousness
  • Double vision or blurred vision
  • Muscle twitching


  • Poison Fumes

    Many substances or combinations of stances can produce fumes that can especially toxic in a closed area. The individual should be removed from the area before starting treatment.

    Take a few deep breaths of fresh then hold your breath before entering the area. Drag or pull the person to fresh air. If possible, quickly shut off any other source of fumes. Do not flip a switch or light a match.

    Self Care :

    Poisoning is a life-threatening situation. If you suspect poisoning, even if there are no symptoms, call the poison control center.

    Be prepared to give the following information :

  • Information from the label of the substance container.
  • The personís age.
  • Name of the poison and how much was swallowed.
  • When the poison was swallowed.
  • Whether or not the person has vomited.
  • How long it will take to get the person to a hospital.


  • If the individual is unconscious, keep the airway open. Be prepared to begin artificial respiration if necessary. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so.

    Signs and symptoms of poisoning can vary widely, depending on the type of poison involved, the size and general health of the person.

     


     
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