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Alternative namesPoisoning from an exposure to an oven cleaner.
Some oven cleaners
Home TreatmentSeek emergency medical care immediately. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING.
If the cleaner is on the skin or in the eyes, flush with lots of water for at least 15 minutes. Move the person to fresh air.
If the cleaner was swallowed, give water or milk IMMEDIATELY. If the patient is vomiting, keep giving water or milk. DO NOT TRY TO NEUTRALIZE the alkali by giving vinegar or lemon juice -- this may cause more severe burning.
Before Calling EmergencyDetermine the following information:
Poison Control, or a local emergency numberSee 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:
The prognosis (probable outcome) depends on how rapidly the alkali is diluted. Extensive damage to the mouth, throat, and stomach are possible. The ultimate outcome depends on the extent of this damage.
Damage continues to occur to the esophagus and stomach for several weeks after the alkali was swallowed. Death may occur as long as a month later.
Update Date: 4/16/2004Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT