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Paraffin


Alternative names

Ingestion of paraffin.

Where Found

  • Some arthritis bath/spa treatments
  • Some candles
  • Some waxes
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.

Symptoms

  • May cause intestinal obstruction if consumed in sufficient quantities

Home Treatment

Do not induce vomiting. Contact Poison Control for guidance.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • The patient's age, weight, and condition
  • Name of product (as well as the ingredients and strength, 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

Symptoms will be treated if the person is instructed to go to the emergency room.

Expectations (prognosis)

Recovery is likely.

Update Date: 2/12/2004

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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