Poisoning caused by ingestion of dirt.
No particular poisonous ingredients unless the dirt contains contaminants such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and waste disposal.
- gastrointestinal o may cause some intestinal obstruction resulting in abdominal pain
None. Call Poison Control for further guidance.
Before Calling Emergency
Determine the following information:
- the patient’s age, weight, and condition
- 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 with you to the emergency room.
What to expect at the emergency room
- Treat the symptoms.
Note: The patient may not need to visit an emergency room.
Recovery is very likely unless some contaminant is present that may complicate outcome.
by Levon Ter-Markosyan, D.M.D.
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