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Alternative namesThis poisoning is from ingestion of a depilatory.
For any toxic exposure or allergic reaction, seek medical care immediately.
If the depilatory was swallowed, give water or milk IMMEDIATELY.
Before Calling EmergencyDetermine the following information:
Poison Control, or a local emergency numberThey 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 roomSome or all of the following procedures may be performed:
The prognosis (probable outcome) depends on how rapidly the alkali (depilatory) was diluted. Extensive damage to the mouth, throat, and stomach are possible. The ultimate outcome depends on the extent of this damage.
Damage can continue to occur to the esophagus and stomach for several weeks after the alkali is swallowed. Death may occur up to a month after the alkali was swallowed.
Update Date: 2/12/2004Cherlin 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