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Types of Exposures

Poison in the Eyes

  • Flush eye(s) immediately with a continuous flow of room temperature water for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove contact lens before flushing eye(s).
  • Rinse from the top of the nose toward the side of the face, away from the other eye.
  • DO NOT just splash water into eye or wipe with wet wash cloth.
  • DO NOT use eye drops.
  • Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further advice.

Poison on the Skin

  • Remove any contaminated clothing with gloves.
  • Rinse affected area(s) with room temperature water and soap.
  • Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222for further advice.
  • A Carolinas Poison Center Specialist will tell you if the clothing can be cleaned or should be thrown away.

Inhaled Poison

  • Get the victim to fresh air as soon as possible.
  • Open doors and windows.
  • Avoid breathing fumes, then call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further advice.
  • If the victim is unconscious or not breathing CALL 911 immediately and start artificial (mouth-to-mouth) respiration.
  • If you smell gas, call 911 or the fire department and your local gas company to check for gas leaks.

Swallowed or Ingested Poison

  • Gently remove any remaining poison from the mouth.
  • Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further advice.
  • DO NOT wait for symptoms to appear.
  • NEVER make the victim throw up. A Carolinas Poison Center Specialist will tell you if this is necessary.
  • The Specialist may ask you to identify the ingredients, so bring the product with you to the phone.
  • If you have to go to the Emergency Department, take the container or substance with you.

Injections (Bites or Stings)

  • STAY CALM-not all bites are harmful.
  • Emergency treatment varies depending on the type of bite.
  • The most common bites and stings are from bees and wasps, ticks, and nonpoisonous spiders. They are usually not harmful.
  • If bitten by a poisonous spider, snake, or aquatic creature:
    • NEVER use a tourniquet
    • NEVER cover the bite area with ice
    • NEVER cut the skin and suck the venom
  • Do not try to kill a snake that has bitten you. It may bite again.
  • Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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