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Seeking Emergency Care for Poisoning

Any substance that can get into your mucous membranes, eyes, or skin has the potential to cause poisoning. Since poisoning can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications, call your local poison control number at (800) 222-1222 or dial 911.

Doctors who provide emergency care at Dignity Health St. John's advise that just about any substance in large quantities can lead to poisoning. In addition, some substances that are not harmful to adults can cause poisoning in children.

We want to protect you and your loved ones from accidental poisoning. Safeguard your home or workplace from these potentially poisonous materials: 

  • Vitamins and medications
  • Alcohol
  • Household cleaners
  • Outdoor chemicals
  • Car fluids
  • Gases, such as carbon monoxide
  • Plants


Helping Diagnose Poisoning Symptoms at Dignity Health St. John's

The type of poison and extent of it in your body affect the kinds of symptoms you may experience following exposure. The range of symptoms go from discomfort or injury to permanent and life-threatening medical complications.

Our emergency care team cautions that some poisoning symptoms can mirror other health conditions. Plus, some poisoning can not cause any outward signs at all. If you suspect poisoning, look for some of these more common symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Very small or large pupils
  • Unusual or chemical-like breath odor
  • Unconscious
  • Confusion
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness
  • Sores, burns, or redness around the mouth
  • Drooling

Poison control can advise you on what you can do at home for some types of poisoning, as well as guide you to the right care. If emergency care is required, know that the ER team at Dignity Health Central Coast is with you every step of the healing process.


Take Steps to Prevent Poisoning

For great tips on how you can prevent and treat poisoning, look to your local poison control center. Properly disposing of medications and making your home safe are just a couple of the ways you can protect yourselves and your loved ones.

Find a Doctor at Dignity Health St. John's for more ways to stay healthy.