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Here are steps to take if poison has been swallowed, inhaled, injected or contacted eyes or skin and what to do about bites or stings:
Some products can be fatal if swallowed. Too much medicine can also be life threatening, especially to children.
Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. The specialist will determine if further treatment is needed.
Some products can actually take your breath away when inhaled.
While some can be fatal, others may cause only degrees of coughing and shortness of breath. These symptoms may worsen over time.
Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. The specialist can determine if further treatment is needed.
Some products are very strong and can cause permanent injury to the eye and may need to be treated in the emergency room. Other exposures may be managed at home with a proper eye flush.
Some products are very strong and can cause burns to the skin.
While some products can be treated at home, others may need further treatment in the emergency room.
Some products injected into layers under the skin or into a vein can be fatal. It is important to always call the poison center if something has accidentally been injected or if the person was trying to inflict harm to himself or herself.
Treatment for bites and stings varies greatly depending on what caused the symptoms. Therefore, it is always important to call the poison center for specific treatment.
These spiders are commonly found in the United States and are known for large webs in dark places like garages, wood piles, outdoor toilets and patio furniture. This spider has a body that is shiny black with a red to orange-red hourglass shape on its back. The widow spider may produce effects ranging from mild redness to a lesion several inches in size with a central puncture site, inner blanching and an outer reddened ring. The bite is often initially painful within 30-120 minutes. Painful cramping can proceed to boardlike rigidity, weakness, difficulty breathing, headache and paresthesias.
The brown recluse spider is found in the central and southeastern United States. This spider is approximately 1 inch in length or smaller and is light to dark brown in color. It has a characteristic violin or fiddle shaped marking on its back. These spiders hunt at night and do not like being around people. Brown recluse spiders are best known for causing slowly healing skin ulcers. Poisoning usually produces a painful burning sensation at the bite site within 10 minutes, but can be delayed. One to two hours after the bite, a “bull’s eye” lesion forms, consisting of a blanched ring enclosed by a ring of reddened areas.
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