Colognes

Definition 
Poisoning from ingestion of cologne.

Poisonous Ingredient 

     
  • ethyl alcohol(ethanol)  
  • isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol)

Note: This list may not be all inclusive.

Where Found 

     
  • various colognes

Symptoms 

     
  • body as a whole       o listing from side to side       o unable to walk in a normal manner       o slurred speech       o easily upset  
  • respiratory       o slowed respirations  
  • gastrointestinal       o vomiting       o abdominal pain       o vomitus containing blood  
  • heart and blood pressure       o low blood pressure  
  • nervous system       o stupor       o coma

Home Treatment 
Call Poison Control. DO NOT INDUCE EMESIS (VOMITING) UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY Poison Control.

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. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

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

     
  • Use gastric lavage.  
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis) 
Survival over 24 hours usually indicates recovery will follow.

Johns Hopkins patient information

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

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