What can cause chemical poisoning?
Common sources of chemical
Identifying the type of poison is important to treat the
What are the symptoms of a chemical poisoning?
Different chemicals will cause
different symptoms. Common symptoms can include:
Severe throat pain
Burns on the lips or
Sudden behavior changes, such
as unusual sleepiness, irritability, or jumpiness
Nausea or vomiting
Stomach cramps with no
Unusual drooling or odd odor
on the breath
unconsciousness (severe cases only)
What to do in case of chemical
The first action when a person has swallowed a toxic substance is to
call Poison Control at 800-222-1222. This will connect
you to a local poison center.
If a person has been poisoned, do
not give them ipecac. Syrup of ipecac is an emetic. This is a chemical used to cause
vomiting. It is made from the dried root of a plant grown in Brazil called ipecacuanha.
Although ipecac was commonly used in the past, guidelines now say that you should not