One can get poison in many ways including swallowing, breathing in, injection or skin contact. Poisoning should be suspected if someone suddenly becomes ill for no apparent reason, acts strangely or is found near a toxic substance. The body functions can be affected differently by different poisons. Some poisons interferes with the body’s ability to carry oxygen while others burns and irritate digestive tract and respiratory systems.
Symptoms Of Poison
Fever, chills, loss of Appetite, headache or irritability, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, pain in swallowing or nausea. Skin rash or chemical burns around the nose or mouth. Seizures, stupor or unconsciousness, double vision or blurred vision, mouth twitching.
Many children fall victim of poisoning. Keep all poisons and medicine out of reach of children. Do not keep kerosene petrol or other poisonous liquid in soft drink bottles, because children may try to drink them.
Common Poisons To Watch Out For
Rat poison, insecticides, medicine (take special care with iron pills), tincture of iodine, cigarette, matches, kerosene, gasoline, petrol, bleach and detergents, spoiled food, wood alcohol, castor beans, lye.
Charcoal, lemon juice, coconut water, milk, palm oil, bitter kola, have been reported to neutralize poison. Charcoal soaks up swallowed poisons and makes them less harmful.
1 to 2 table spoon of powered charcoal mixed with water or fruit juice or one cup-full of activated charcoal mixed with water or juice would be alright.
The absorptive and neutralizing properties of charcoal was first demonstrated by a French Chemist, Bertrand, in 1913, when he drank 5 grams of arsenic trioxide (very poisonous mixed with charcoal and survived).
In 1830, a pharmacist, P. F. Tonery in attempting to prove that charcoal was an excellent antidote took a massive dose of astrychinne (10 times the usual lethal dose) with 15 grams of activated charcoal before the French Academy in Paris and survived it. By 1855 powdered animal charcoal suspended in sugar water was being used in London to treat poisoning with strychnine and other alkaloids.
Following the discovery that treating with (activated charcoal) super heated stea markedly enhanced its absorbing power in 1908, a Physician Leopold Litchtwitz in Gottingen, Denmark discussed openly the potential value of activated charcoal in the treatment of acute poisoning.
When charcoal is given by mouth every four hours, it absorbs any poison remaining in the gastrointestinal tract. Except for the aspiration into the airway if the patient vomits, activated charcoal is cheap and safe when given orally.
Lemon juice is recommended to counteract narcotic poison. Lemon juice mixed with honey is also used in the treatment of cough. Drink 2 to 3 cups of coconut water after injection of poison neutralizes the harmful effects.
A combination of at least seven lobes of bitter kola (ground) a bottle filled half way with palm kernel oil, five tablespoonful of undiluted honey and one tin of milk is a good antidote to poison.
From this story, Health Booster recommends that granulated charcoal should be made part of every home’s first aid kit. (Select wood from non-toxic plants).
If you are around when a child swallows poison, you should make him to vomit by putting your finger down his/her throat. You can also give a tablespoon of syrup of piece followed by a glass of water, or make him/her drink water with mild soap or salt in it. (6 teaspoons of salt to 1 cup of water).
Don’t make a person that swallowed kerosene, petrol, strong acid, or corrosive substance (lye), an acid or if he is unconscious to vomit. If he is awake and alert, give plenty of water or milk to dilute the poison. Do that every 15 minutes. After the first and treatment of poison, still take the victim to hospital, along with the container that contains poison. Lemon juice is recommended to contract narcotic poison.