What can cause chemical poisoning?
Common sources of chemical poisoning include:
- Household cleaners
- Laundry detergent
- Drain cleaners
- Agricultural products
- Industrial chemicals
Identifying the type of poison is important to treat the poisoning.
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 mouth
Sudden behavior changes, such as unusual sleepiness, irritability, or jumpiness
Nausea or vomiting
Stomach cramps with no fever
Unusual drooling or odd odor on the breath
Convulsions or unconsciousness (severe cases only)
What to do in case of chemical poisoning
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 use it.