All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.– Paracelsus
In most cases, it is a moment of confusion when there is poisoning. At that moment, everyone around starts suggesting his own first aid/home remedy.
Once a person is poisoned, the first aid to give depends on:
- The type of poison
- The mode of poisoning (swallowed, inhaled, eye, or on the skin).
For swallowed poison;
- Check for the instruction on the poison container, and follow it.
- For irritating poisons, give some water/milk to the victim if; he’s awake, can swallow, and not convulsing.
- Rush him/her to the hospital.
Note: Please, do not give palm oil to a victim of swallowed poisons because, it can block the airway, and worsen the condition.
For inhaled poisons;
- Quickly move the victim to a place with fresh air devoid of toxic fumes.
- If he vomits, turn his head to the side to avoid Choking.
- If the person isn’t moving or breathing, start Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) compression, and rescue breathing
- Move the person to the hospital.
For poison in the eye;
- Remove contact lenses if any
- Pour clean water in the eye for at least 15 minutes (don’t use soap, or soapy water).
- Encourage the victim to blink.
- Move to the hospital.