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Poisoning

Poisoning emergencies happen when substances that have a detrimental effect on the body are introduced by one of four routes: ingestion (eating), inhalation (breathing), absorbtion (through the skin or eyes) or injection (usually through an insect bite or sting). Treatment for poisoning often involves contact a poison control center to determine if a poisoning has occurred and what to do about it.

Is there a test for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Is there a test for carbon monoxide poisoning? A reader wonders if there is such a thing as a test for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Could carbon monoxide poisoning cause a sore throat?
Last Tuesday night our carbon monoxide detector went off. Too make a long story short, my husband's throat is so swollen. Is it possible that (his sore throat) is from the effects of carbon monoxide or could it be a cold coming on?

Carbon Monoxide Symptoms - Readers Share Carbon Monoxide Pois…
Carbon monoxide poisoning is often called the "Great Imitator" because it mimics other medical conditions. To help others understand the vastly different ways carbon monoxide poisoning can look, readers share stories of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Symptoms of CO Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a nearly undetectable gas capable of being deadly, even in very small amounts. Treatment requires emergency services or a visit to the emergency department. Recognizing carbon monoxide poisoning is vital to getting help in time.

Is it Safe to Mix Bleach and Ammonia if it Is Used Outdoors?
Never mix bleach and ammonia together. The combination could be deadly. Bleach and ammonia mixed together can overwhelm you even when used outside.

Can long-term exposure to carbon monoxide hurt me?
Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common type of poisoning worldwide. Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot taste, smell or see. It comes from incompletely burning gas, wood, propane, or a number of other fuels. Carbon monoxide is present in smoke, motor exhaust and smog, just to name a few.

Lead Poisoning
Lead is a heavy metal that was used for centuries in all manner of household products and building materials. Until as late as the 1970's, lead was a component in many items commonly found in the home and garage. The biggest sources of lead in the general public included lead pipes, leaded gasoline, and house paint. Contamination was rampant...

Basic Steps for Household Poisoning
The American Association of Poison Control Centers offers these tips for common household poisonings.

Common Household Poisons
There are several household items that can lead to poisoning. It is very important to keep children away from these substances and to use caution when working with possible poisons.

Rat Poison First Aid
Most rat poisons use blood thinners to cause internal bleeding in rats, mice, and other rodents. Touching rat poison is safe, but ingesting it can lead to bleeding. Learn symptoms and first aid for rat poison.

Pesticide Poisoning
Pesticides are chemicals that kill unwanted insects and animals. If pesticides get onto humans, they can kill us. Learn to recognize pesticide poisoning.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol leads to hangovers and sometimes heartache. Learn about the dangers of drinking too much alcohol.

Poisonous Holiday Plants
Holiday decorations often include flowers and shrubs. Unfortunately, while these items are pretty, many of the most popular are toxic to humans or pets. Here is a list of popular holiday plants and their toxic effects.

Alcohol in an Emergency
An acutely intoxicated victim requires a diligent assessment. Alcohol may mask certain medical conditions and alcohol intoxication appears similar to many life-threatening conditions. Chronic alcohol consumption causes damage to the body that leaves alcohol abusers more susceptible to certain medical conditions. Regardless whether a victim is...

Recognizing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a nearly undetectable gas capable of killing in very small amounts. Treatment requires emergency services or a visit to the emergency department. Recognizing carbon monoxide poisoning is vital to getting help in time.

Alcohol Poisoning
Do you know what to do if one of your friends becomes unconscious?

Food Poisoning
Most food poisoning is not actually poisoning at all. Food poisoning is caused by foodborne bacteria.

Hangovers - Definition of Hangovers
Hangovers - the horrible morning after! Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments of hangover. A secret: there is no "cure."

Alcohol Poisoning - Definition of Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol poisoning may be more common than you think and it could be deadly if it's not recognized and help is summoned.

Venomous or Poisonous?
What's the difference between venomous and poisonous? Does it matter if you're still dead?

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