What To Do If You Have Been Poisoned

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Overview – What Is Poison?

  • Poisons are substances that lead to injury, sickness or death
  • These occurrences are caused by a biochemical activity in the cells
  • Poisons can be inoculated by injection, inhaled or consumed
  • Poisoning should be assumed if an individual is ill for some unidentified reason
  • Poor air circulation can intensify poisoning
  • First aid is crucial for causalities that have been poisoned

Causes Of Poisoning

  • Medicines
  • Drug overdose
  • Work-related exposure
  • Cleaning agents/ or paints
  • Carbon monoxide gas produced from heaters
  • Pesticides
  • Some cosmetics
  • Some domestic plants


  • Lips turn blue
  • Skin outbreaks
  • Trouble breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Queasiness and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Light-headedness and tiredness
  • Double vision
    Poisoning should be assumed if a individual is ill for some unidentified reason
    Poisoning should be assumed if an individual is ill for some unidentified reason
  • Stomach or chest pain
  • Shivers
  • Loss of hunger and can’t control bladder
  • Lack of feeling
  • Muscle jerking
  • Seizures
  • Paleness
  • Loss of consciousness

 Treatment For Poisoning

  • Get immediate medical assistance
  • Try and detect the poison if you can
  • Examine for signs like burns nearby the mouth, breathing trouble or nausea
  • Encourage vomiting only if the poison was consumed
  • In case of seizures, shield the casualty from self-injury
  • If the vomit makes contact with the skin, rinse it carefully
  • Place the casualty on the left till medical assistance arrives

 For Poisons Which Have Been Inhaled

  • Seek immediate emergency help
  • Get help before you attempt to rescue others
  • Hold a wet cloth to cover your nose and mouth
  • Open all the doors and windows
  • Take deep breaths before you begin the rescue
  • Avoid lighting a match
  • Check the patient’s breathing
  • Do a CPR, if necessary
  • If the patient vomits, take steps to prevent choking

 Steps to Avoid

  • Don’t give an unconscious casualty anything to eat or drink
  • Do not induce vomiting unless told by a medical expert or if the poison was consumed
  • Do not give any pills to the casualty unless directed by a medic or doctor
  • Do not counteract the poison with honey or lime juice

 Prevention Of Poison

  • Keep medications, cleaning shampoos, mosquito repellants and paints cautiously stored away
  • Keep all potentially toxic substances away from kids
  • Mark the poisons in your house so you can immediately see what it is
  • Avoid having toxic plants in or around your home
  • Take care while consuming products such as berries or mushrooms
  • Teach kids they need to be cautious and not handle toxic substances.

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