Common causes of poisoning found around the house

When most people think of poisoning, they think of food poisoning, which occurs when a food is infected with dangerous bacteria, viruses, of fungi. Although food poisoning is certainly common, you may be surprised at the other toxins that are lurking around your home. These toxins are dangerous to both kids and adults, and they are ingested, immediate treatment in the emergency room is required. Here are just a few of the potential sources of poisoning that are likely to be in your home.

Personal care products
Children are especially prone to poisoning by personal care products , including cosmetics, shampoos, and even toothpaste. These items can be nearly irresistible to kids, thanks to bright colors and intriguing scents, but ingesting them can be extremely dangerous.

Some personal care products are dangerous when ingested in even small amounts. Some products, such as toothpaste, are safe when used as intended but can cause poisoning when ingested in large quantities. If you think your child has eaten any personal care products, go to the emergency room, even if you aren’t sure if he or she ingested a dangerous amount.

Cleaning products
Laundry pods have become a common culprit in household poisonings, but any kind of laundry product is toxic when ingested. Other cleaning products, from kitchen sprays to toilet cleaners, will also cause poisoning.

Cleaning products can also cause poisoning when inhaled. Some products create dangerous fumes when mixed, so it is important to follow the instructions on the label carefully.

Medications
Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can be a source of poisoning for kids and adults. Taking the wrong medications or taking more than the recommended dose can both lead to poisoning.

It is extremely important to get an emergency care quickly in the case of poisoning caused by a medication overdose or accidental exposure to a medication.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center offers emergency care around the clock for patients of all ages. Visit our emergency room in Thousand Oaks for all of your family’s urgent medical needs, or call (877) 888-5746 to learn more about our hospital services.

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