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Ink - writing


Alternative names

Poisoning from an ingestion of writing ink.

Poisonous Ingredient

Writing ink is generally considered non-toxic.

Where Found

  • Pens

Symptoms

  • May cause eye irritation
  • Staining of skin and other mucous membranes

Home Treatment

For any toxic ingestion or allergic reaction, seek emergency medical care immediately. Large amounts of writing ink must be consumed (more than an ounce) before treatment is necessary. Call Poison Control for further guidance.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • 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 person 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:
  • Washing of ink from the eyes or skin
  • Treat the symptoms

Expectations (prognosis)

As these products are generally considered non-toxic, recovery is very 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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