Aloe

Alternative names 
Skin and sunburn treatments

Definition
This poisoning is from an ingestion of aloe.

Poisonous Ingredient
Aloe or Aloin

Where Found

     
  • Aloe products (included in some burn medications and some cosmetics)

Symptoms

     
  • Respiratory       o Breathing difficulty (from inhalation)       o Throat swelling (which may also cause breathing difficulty)  
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat       o Severe pain in the throat       o Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue       o Loss of vision  
  • Gastrointestinal       o Severe Abdominal pain       o Vomiting  
  • Skin       o Irritation       o Rash       o Burn

Home Treatment
Discontinue product use. It is important to contact Poison Control. Do not induce Vomiting.

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 patient to the hospital. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

Expectations (prognosis)
The outcome and prognosis depend on the severity of exposure or allergic reaction and the time to treatment. Symptoms normally go away when appropriately treated.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 8, 2012
by Brenda A. Kuper, M.D.

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