The Poison Post ®
June 2021 Edition
A variety of cleaning products are available to maintain wood floors. Wood floor cleaners are usually based on hydrocarbons, detergents, or glycol ether solvents. Each type carries its own precautions and potential adverse effects. Floor cleaners can also contain alcohol, weak acids, or alkaline chemicals.
Perindopril is a medication used to treat heart conditions such as high blood pressure. It is part of a commonly prescribed class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. These drugs are generally well tolerated but have been associated with drug-induced cough and a potentially serious adverse reaction called angioedema. Read More
Water from a private well can be threatened by numerous contaminants, either naturally or due to human activities. Many contaminants can have detrimental health effects. While the Safe Drinking Water Act ensures the safety of public water supply systems, the responsibility for ensuring the quality and safety of private well water falls on the owner. Read More
Pest strips are typically made out of either glue on a paper backing or a porous strip impregnated with an organophosphate insecticide. Glue may stick to the skin or get in the eyes, but is unlikely to result in significant toxicity. However, exposure to organophosphates can be very toxic, causing muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and coma. Read More
Hair chalks are a fun, temporary way that anyone can use to alter their hair color. Hair chalks are made of substances like bentonite, calcium carbonate, and mica with added pigment. They are considered minimally toxic and not expected to result in serious injury except in the case of allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to the dye. Read More
Mescal beans grow inside the pale pods of the mountain laurel tree. Mescal beans have been used for ceremonial purposes, but they are not chemically related to the similar sounding hallucinogen mescaline found in peyote. A taste of a mescal bean should not be toxic, but intentional ingestions by people seeking “alternative” ways to get high can be dangerous.