Poisons

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Poisons can be found throughout the home, from cleaning products to prescription medications. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses poisons and the damage they can do.

Dr. Hill:

A poison is a substance or product that may cause harm if used inappropriately or in excessive amounts. Examples include household products, chemicals, any drugs and venom from stings or bites.

The effects a poison may have on you depend on the type of poison and how you come in contact with it.

If swallowedit may cause burns to your mouth, throat, esophagus or stomach or be absorbed into your bloodstream and affect your organ systems

If inhaledit may cause burns to your face, eyes, nose, throat or lungs or be absorbed into your bloodstream and affect your organ systems

If it enters eyesit may cause irritation or burns

If it contacts skinit may cause irritation or burns or be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to other organ systems

The best way to prevent poisoning is to store and use poisons safely. It is also important to teach children to ask before eating or drinking anything.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.