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Common sources of chemical poisoning include household products, agricultural products, plants, and industrial chemicals. Identifying the poison is critical to successful treatment of poisonings.
Different substances will cause different symptoms. The following are common symptoms of chemical poisoning:
Severe throat pain
Difficulty in breathing
Burns on the lips or mouth
Sudden behavior changes, such as unusual sleepiness, irritability, or jumpiness
Unexplained nausea or vomiting
Stomach cramps without fever
Unusual drooling or odd odor on the breath
Convulsions or unconsciousness (in very serious cases only)
The first action when a person has ingested a toxic substance is to call Poison Help at 800-222-1222 to get connected to a local poison center.
Syrup of ipecac is an emetic (an agent used to cause vomiting) made from the dried root of a plant grown in Brazil called ipecacuanha. Although ipecac was commonly used in the past, guidelines now state that you should not use it.
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