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Many kinds of Poisonings
There are many kinds of poisoning. When you eat something poisonous, it is called an ingested poison, if you get a spider bite it could be a injected poison, then there are absorbed poisons which is common because it is caused by things like poison ivy, and last, inhaled poisons such as car gas or smoke.
What are signs and symptoms?
Commonly found symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty in breathing, headaches, weakness, changes in heart rate pattern which could be anywhere from slow to fast, watering of the eyes, confusion, and in and out consciousness. If the exposure has been to the skin, the person may also complain of swelling, rashes, redness and itching of the skin.
First Aid care
- Ensure the scene is safe to enter
- Check for consciousness and breathing
- Care for any life-threatening conditions
- Monitor for evidence about the possible poison and ask questions if the victim is conscious
- Call the National Poison Control Center Hotline @ 1-800-222-1222
- Follow the directions given by the Poison Control
- Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink unless told to by the Poison Control or EMS
- Continue to monitor ABC's( the person's airway and breathing) and care for any life threatening conditions
How to prevent it
Keep any cleaners, medicines, detergents, or vitamins away from small children because they can be easily swallowed. Check your smoke alarms when you are suppose to and put on bug spray for insect bite repellant. Put your medicine in a zip lock bag and keep them out of reach of kids. And lastly, monitor a small child closely.
These involve smoke or gas from a car
Usually from poison Ivy, this is more than likely the most common.
These involve detergents and cleaners that can be swallowed.
Last is injected poisons such as spider bites