Sodium hypochlorite poisoning - Symptom
Bleach; Clorox; Carrel-Dakin solution
Watered-down (diluted) sodium hypochlorite generally causes only mild stomach irritation. Swallowing larger amounts can cause more serious symptoms.
NEVER mix ammonia with sodium hypochlorite (bleach or bleach-containing products). This common household error produces a toxic gas that can cause choking and serious breathing problems.
Symptoms of sodium hypochlorite poisoning may include:
- Airways and lungs
- Coughing (from the fumes)
- Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat
- Burning, red eyes
- Gagging sensation
- Pain in the mouth
- Pain in the throat
- Possible burns on esophagus
- Heart and blood vessels
- Chest pain
- Low blood pressure
- Slow heartbeat
- Nervous system
- Irritation of the exposed area
- Stomach and intestines
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Reviewed last on: 2/2/2011
- Eric Perez, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Ford MD, Clinical Toxicology. 1st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders; 2001:753.
Agabiti N, Ancona C, Forastiere F, et al. Short term respiratory effects of acute exposure to chlorine due to a swimming pool accident. Occup Environ Med. 2001 Jun;58(6):399-404.
Lambert H, Manel J, Gabrion I. Poisoning by household products. Rev Prat. 2000 Feb 15;50(4):365-71.
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