Poisoning - What To Do


Poisoning occurs when somebody is exposed to a harmful substance, either by ingestion (swallowing), inhalation (breathing in), or skin exposure. A lot of poisonings are accidental. Symptoms of poisoning can take time to develop. So do not hesitate in getting medical help if you think someone might need it.

Some examples of poisons are pesticides, insecticides, rodent killers, phenyl, chemicals, overdose of prescription drugs, etc.
Symptoms of poisoning could be anything ranging from a minor skin rash, vomiting, abdominal pain, etc, to serious symptoms like unconsciousness, bleeding from mouth, seizures, etc.

In case of poisoning or suspected poisoning, take the victim to the nearest hospital for a stomach wash and further treatment. Do not panic and always reassure the victim. Take the container of the poison, as it will help the emergency doctor to identify the poison and administer an antidote if available. Do not allow the victim to take any food or liquid orally. Do not induce vomiting.

If the poisonous substance has contaminated the clothes and skin, remove them and wash the skin with soap and water. Wear gloves to avoid exposing yourself to the poison.

Remember, when poisoning occurs, contact the nearest Apollo Emergency immediately.

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