Poisoning from an ingestion of beeswax.
Beeswax, other than potentially causing intestinal obstruction in rare cases of extremely large ingestions, is considered relatively non-toxic.
- May cause some gastrointestinal obstruction with resulting abdominal pain.
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.
Since beeswax is considered relatively nontoxic, recovery is very likely.
Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Simon D. Mitin, M.D.
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