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Poisoning

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PoisioningPoisons are chemical substances that cause injuries or death due to their chemical reactions in the cells. Poisons can be ingested (swallowed), inhaled or injected.

Symptoms

Ingested

  • Unusual breath odour
  • Burns or stains around mouth, on the clothing, and/or the surrounding area
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

Inhaled

  • Breathing problems
  • Coughing
  • Seizures

Absorbed or Injected

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Drowsiness
  • Vision problems
  • Unconsciousness

Action

  • Try to identify poison - look around, sniff air for unusual odours
  • Call Emergency - inform about what poison has been swallowed and wait for instructions
  • Place the casualty on his/her side
  • Save vomit for medical personnel - to help identify the kind of poison and give appropriate treatment immediately
  • If vomit falls on skin, wash it thoroughly
  • If poisonous gas is inhaled, move casualty to fresh air. Open all doors and windows before you go to help and hold a wet cloth over your nose and mouth
  • Do not induce vomiting or give any medication to the casualty unless instructed by a medical personnel
  • In case of seizures, protect the casualty from injuring himself/herself
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