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Steam iron cleaner

Alternative names

Poisoning from an ingestion of a steam iron cleaner.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • Chelating agents

Where Found

  • Various steam iron cleaner products


  • Body as a whole
    • Severe pain in the mouth
    • Collapse
  • Respiratory
    • Breathing difficulty due to throat swelling
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • Severe pain in the throat
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea
  • Heart and blood vessels
    • Rapid drop in blood pressure

Home Treatment


If on the skin or in the eyes, flush with lots of water for at least 15 minutes.

If swallowed, drink water or milk IMMEDIATELY. If the patient is vomiting, keep giving water or milk.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following:
  • The patient's age, weight, and condition
  • The name of the product (ingredients and strengths, if known)
  • The time it was swallowed
  • The amount swallowed

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Give fluids.
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Most chelating agents are relatively non-toxic. Recovery is likely.

Update Date: 4/16/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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