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March Tips of the Month: First Aid Treatment for Poisoning

This information is adapted from the Florida Poison Information Center-Tampa.

For life threatening problems such as difficulty breathing, convulsions or fainting, call 911 immediately.

Poisons in the Mouth
Offer sips of water.
Do not force a person to vomit.
Brush out particles (solid pieces) from the mouth if possible.
Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further instructions.

Inhaled Poisons
Get immediately to fresh air.
If a person has fainted, has chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 911.
Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further instructions.

Poisons in the Eye
Rinse for 15 minutes with a continuous flow of water over the eye's.
Do not use eye drops or ointment.
Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further instructions.

Poisons on the Skin
Rinse well with water.
Rinse with a mild soap if needed.
Do not attempt to neutralize an acid substance with an alkali.
Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further instructions.

 

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