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Patient Guide / Poison Control / What is Poison

What is poisoning?

It is the exposure to any toxic substance in an amount that is capable to cause harm to the body either accidentally or intentionally. It might be swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. This may lead to serious harm, illness, coma or death.

Some of the most common Poisons:

Medicines, carbon monoxide, button batteries, cleaning products, nail polish remover, hydrocarbons including (gasoline, kerosene, lamp oil, motor oil, lighter fluid, furniture polish, and paint thinner), pesticides, toxic plants and toxic alcohols.

When to call Poison Control Department:

• If someone has been poisoned.

• If someone has taken too many drugs or unknown medications intentionally or accidentally.

• If you need information about preventing accidental poisonings.

• If you need information about potential poisoning from medications, household products, venomous snakes or toxic plants.