Dirt ingestion

Poisoning caused by ingestion of dirt.

Poisonous Ingredient 
No particular poisonous ingredients unless the dirt contains contaminants such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and waste disposal.

Where Found 

  • dirt


  • gastrointestinal       o may cause some intestinal obstruction resulting in abdominal pain

Home Treatment 
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.

Expectations (prognosis) 
Recovery is very likely unless some contaminant is present that may complicate outcome.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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