What To Do If You Are Poisoned

First aid for poisonings

If the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing or can't be awakened: Call 911.

Before you seek help from Poison Control, whether by phone or online, there are some quick first aid measures that make a difference if accomplished within seconds to minutes of the poison exposure:

Swallowed poisons: Get help from Poison Control by phone (1-800-222-1222) or online (webPOISONCONTROL®).
Poison in the eye: Rinse (irrigate) the eye immediately. Every second matters. A delay could result in loss of sight. Remove contact lenses. Use lots of room temperature water and irrigate for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Adults and older children may find it easiest to hop in the shower. Wrap young children in a towel and let water from the faucet in the kitchen sink run over the eye – or slowly pour water from a pitcher. Let the water hit the bridge of the nose and gently run into the eyes rather than pouring the water directly into the eye. Important: Irrigate for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Encourage blinking. Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
Poison on the skin: Rinse the skin immediately. Remove contaminated clothing first (that's clothing with a spill). Don't delay. Every second matters. Use lots of room temperature running water. For large spills, adults and older children may find it easiest to hop in the shower. Use mild soap to remove material that sticks to the skin. Important: Rinse for at least 15 minutes. Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
Inhaled poison: Move to fresh air immediately. Stay away from toxic fumes and gases. Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Two ways to get help for a poisoning: 

1.  Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 for expert guidance, OR 
2.  Use the  online tool to get specific recommendations for unintentionally swallowed substances based on age, substance, and amount taken.
Both options are free and confidential. Both options give you expert answers.  
If the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened: Call 911 IMMEDIATELY.


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