Candles

Definition 
Poisoning from an ingestion of candle wax.

Poisonous Ingredient 

     
  • Wax

Where Found 

     
  • Various candles

Symptoms 

Gastrointestinal

     
  • May cause intestinal obstruction if consumed in large quantities

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.

What to expect at the emergency room 
Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:

     
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis) 
Recovery is very likely.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Amalia K. Gagarina, M.S., R.D.

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