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What should I do when poisoning occurs?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If a person inhaled poison, get him to fresh air right away. Then call a poison-control hotline for help. If a poison has touched a person's skin, take off any clothing the poison touched, cover injured skin with a clean cloth, and rinse the skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then call for help.

If a person has poison in the eyes, rinse them with running water for 15 to 20 minutes, then call for help. Lastly, if a person has ingested poison:
  • Call poison control if the victim is conscious; if he is unconscious, call an ambulance.
  • If the victim is unconscious and has vomited, clear the airway.
  • If the victim hasn't vomited, do not make him throw up. Strong poisons that can burn the throat during ingestion also can burn the throat through during regurgitation.

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