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Alternative namesPoisoning from an overdose of hydrofluoric acid.
Poisonous IngredientHydrofluoric acid
DO NOT INDUCE EMESIS (VOMITING).
For extremities affected irrigate with water and transport to emergency department immediately.
If the acid is swallowed or inhaled, transport to the nearest emergency department immediately.
Before Calling EmergencyDetermine the following information:
Poison Control, or a local emergency numberThey will instruct you if it is necessary to take the person to the hospital. 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:
For swallowed poison:
Expectations (prognosis)The prognosis (probable outcome) depends on how rapidly the acid was diluted and neutralized. Extensive damage to the mouth, throat, and stomach are possible. The ultimate outcome depends on the extent of this damage. For inhalation patients, symptoms usually will resolve after 10 to 30 days.
Update Date: 10/28/2003Cherlin 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