Health Tip: Talcum Powder Can Be Toxic

It's poisonous if swallowed

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(HealthDay News) -- Many families may have talcum powder in their homes, but they may not know that it's poisonous if swallowed.

According to Duke University Medical Center, some effects of talc poisoning can be fever, twitching of facial muscles, convulsions and decreased urine output. Other symptoms may include cough, difficulty breathing, jaundice, blisters, vomiting and low blood pressure. A severe side effect may be coma.

If talc is inhaled or ingested, call a physician immediately for treatment. Before calling 911, it's helpful to have handy the patient's age, weight and condition, the name of the product, and the time and amount swallowed.


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