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Poison Control tells you what to do if you swallow, splash, or get stung by something that might be harmful.

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Call 911 right away if the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened.

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Mixed up your meds? Found a loose pill? Worried that your refill looks different? Fortunately, most medications can be identified from the letters and numbers imprinted on the pill.

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Tip of the Day

Store the non-dental products away from your toothpaste, so you never brush with hydrocortisone ointment, hemorrhoid cream or many other types of products contained in tubes looking just like toothpaste!  

Poison & Prevention Information

Batteries Cause Devastating Injuries

Swallowed batteries burn through a child's esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children.

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E-Cigs and Toddlers: Beware

Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are devices made to look like real cigarettes. They contain a battery, a heater, and liquid nicotine. When heated, the nicotine liquid becomes a vapor, which users inhale. Liquid nicotine products contain flavorings and something to help the product vaporize. Liquid nicotine products are very poisonous if swallowed.

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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

It's not an intriguing or novel hazard, just the persistent, invisible killer: carbon monoxide. Seriously, you still don't have a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home? Get one! And keep fuel-burning appliances in good repair; don't use grills or gasoline-powered tools indoors, and don't run your car in an attached garage or place a generator close to your home.

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Caution When Using Arnica Products

Arnica is used as a flavoring for food and drinks and as a homeopathic treatment for many ailments. It is fairly safe when used for short periods or in very diluted forms. However, eating the plant, the topical creams or ointments, or the plant extracts or oils can result in serious poisoning.

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Poison Control can help you online

Get help from Poison Control with the webPOISONCONTROL online tool. Use it if you swallow, splash or get stung by something that may be harmful (a poison). Find out more about this Poison Control tool so you're ready in case of a poison emergency.

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Poison Statistics

Age and Gender, Human Poison Exposures Reported to NPDS, 2017

2016 poisoning data age by gender