Beeswax

Definition 
Poisoning from an ingestion of beeswax.

Poisonous Ingredient  
Beeswax, other than potentially causing intestinal obstruction in rare cases of extremely large ingestions, is considered relatively non-toxic.

Where Found  

     
  • Beeswax

Symptoms  

     
  • May cause some gastrointestinal obstruction with resulting abdominal pain.

Home Treatment  
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 patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Bring a sample of the beeswax with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room  

     
  • Treat the symptoms. Note: The patient may not need to be seen in the emergency room. Expectations (prognosis)   Since beeswax is considered relatively nontoxic, recovery is very likely.

    Johns Hopkins patient information

    Last revised: December 6, 2012
    by Simon D. Mitin, M.D.

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