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Poisoning and Intoxication

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What are Poisoning and Intoxication?

Poisoning occurs when an individual comes in contact with a harmful substance, the poison can be swallowed, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin. Intoxication is a form of poisoning.

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What Causes Poisoning and

Any substance can become toxic if too much is taken.
Poisons can include: • Prescription or over the counter medications taken in high doses
• Illegal drugs
• Carbon monoxide
• Cleaning products such as laundry detergent, bleach, soap, etc.
• Pesticides
• Some plants
• Metals such as lead and mercury
• Alcohol The effects of poisoning and intoxication can range from short-term illness to brain damage, coma, and death.

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How to Prevent Poisoning and Intoxication

In order to prevent accidental poisonings in the home and workplace, it is important to use, and store potentially poisonous substances exactly as explained in their labels.

  • Keep all cleaning products out of children’s reach
  • Keep all prescription and over the counter away from children
  • Elderly people should enlist the help of an adult in administering and storing their medications to avoid accidental overdoses
  • Store all pesticides away from food and water sources and keep out of reach of children
  • Limit the consumption of alcohol and keep all alcoholic beverages away from children and the elderly
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house
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Symptoms of Poisoning and Intoxication

Signs and symptoms of poisoning depend on the amount and type of toxin, the form of exposure, age and overall health of the patient.

Symptoms range from mild, to moderate to severe.

Mild Symptoms of Poisoning

These symptoms resolve quickly and are very localized, they usually do not require emergency medical attention. Mild symptoms include:

  • Changes in behavior like crankiness or restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • A headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Minor skin or eye irritation
  • Nausea and upset stomach
  • Sore or stiff joints
  • Thirst

Moderate Symptoms of Poisoning

Moderate symptoms may be prolonged and systemic meaning they can affect more than one organ, these symptoms will require medical attention, but are usually non-life-threatening or permanent, these symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Excessive tearing
  • Fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Loss of muscle control, or muscle twitching
  • Changes in skin tone, patient’s skin may become pale, flushed, or yellowish
  • A persistent cough
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sweating
  • Thirst
  • Trembling
  • Weakness

Severe Symptoms of Poisoning

Severe symptoms of poisoning are life-threatening and require immediate emergency medical treatment. These symptoms can result in long-lasting disabilities, brain damage or death.

Severe symptoms of poisoning include:

  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Convulsions
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (a condition that causes widespread uncontrolled bleeding and blood clots)
  • Esophageal stricture (narrowing of the esophagus)
  • High fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Uncontrolled and often severe muscle twitching
  • Rapid heart rate with low blood pressure
  • Seizures that do not respond to treatment
  • Extreme thirst

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Anyone who comes in contact with a poisonous substance and displays any of the moderate or severe symptoms described above should seek immediate emergency medical treatment.

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