The Poison Post ®
March 2022 Edition
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Rapid home COVID-19 antigen tests contain a small amount of the toxic chemical sodium azide, but the risk of poisoning is low when these tests are used and disposed of properly. Read More
Alocasia plants make stunning houseplants, but they can be harmful if the plant material is chewed on or swallowed. These plants contain oxalate crystals that can cause mouth pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. They should be kept away from children and pets. Read More
Ammonia is a chemical that can be naturally artificially produced. The toxicity of ammonia depends on its concentration. Most household products containing ammonia are safe when used as directed, but some have the potential to cause burns. Industrial products are typically more concentrated and more likely to cause burns. Read More
Lufenuron is used to control fleas on dogs and cats. It is not used in humans, but humans might accidentally take an animal’s medication or come into contact with it in the form of an agricultural spray. Minor side effects such as GI upset and drowsiness might occur if that happens. No human overdoses have been published. Read More
The “curing” process involves the addition of nitrates and nitrites to meats. While swallowing large amounts of nitrates or nitrites can be dangerous, exposure to the levels typically present in meats is not likely to be harmful. Read More
Cake decorations such as luster dust often add sparkle or color to sweet confections. While some cake decorating products are edible, others may contain heavy metals that can cause poisonous effects when swallowed. Read More
The bark, seeds, and leaves of black locust trees contain poisonous compounds called toxalbumins. They are toxic to both livestock and humans and have been reported to cause symptoms from gastrointestinal distress to nervous system disorders. Any exposure to black locust should be taken seriously, and professional guidance should sought. Read More
Methylene blue is the antidote for a serious disease called methemoglobinemia but has also been studied for other medical uses. Since it has significant side effects and may interact with many medications, the routine use of methylene blue should be avoided. Read More