A poison isn’t just those products bearing a skull and cross bone. Poisoning is the consequence of any substance that’s harmful to your body.
Poison may be swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed through your skin. And matter that normally causes no health problems may become poisonous when taken in excess.
A toxin is a poisonous substance produced by something that’s alive. As such, a poisonous material that’s been artificially created is not.
Some causes of poisoning involve:
- bite, sting
- food, shellfish
- alcohol overdose
- carbon monoxide
- poisonous venom
- illegal drug overdose
- poison ivy, oak, sumac
- metals ~ lead, mercury, iron
- prescription, OTC drug overdose
- most household cleaning products
- bacteria toxins ~ tetanus, botulism
Allegedly, monosodium glutamate (MSG) is not a cause of poisoning. You reaction is a sensitivity.
NEVER mix bleach and ammonia because the poisonous gas it produces can cause serious breathing issues.
Symptoms of poisoning will vary depending on the poison, yet you’ll likely experience some combination of these common poisonous effect discomforts:
- skin rash
- bluish lips
- chest pain
- appetite loss
- double vision
- abdominal pain
- muscle twitching
- heart palpitations
- difficulty breathing
- nausea & vomiting
- burns, redness around mouth, lips
- chemical smelling breath ~ gasoline, paint thinner
Poison treatment depends on the cause of your poisoning.
Poisonous effects on your body can be as simple as an acute illness. Yet, sometimes effects of a poison can cause brain damage, coma and death.
If you start to experience some serious symptoms with some type of poison, call for emergency medical assistance and/or call the U.S. national poison center @ 1-800-222-1222.