Steam iron cleaner
Poisoning from an ingestion of a steam iron cleaner.
- Chelating agents
- Sodium hydroxide (dilute)
- Various steam iron cleaner products
The most common symptoms are nausea, possible vomiting, and mild stomach irritation. The following symptoms may occur in rare cases:
- Lungs and airways
- Breathing difficulty due to throat swelling
- Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
- Severe pain in the throat
- Severe pain in the mouth
- Severe abdominal pain
- Heart and blood
DO NOT make a person throw up unless told to do so by Poison Control or a health care professional. Seek immediate medical help.
If the chemical is on the skin or in the eyes, flush with lots of water for at least 15 minutes.
If the chemical was swallowed, immediately give the person water or milk, unless instructed otherwise by a health care provider. DO NOT give water or milk if the patient is having symptoms (such as vomiting, convulsions, or a decreased level of alertness) that make it hard to swallow.
Determine the following:
- 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
The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.
This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the U.S. use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Take the container with you to the hospital, if possible.
Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
- Give fluids
- Treat the symptoms
Most chelating agents are relatively non-toxic. Recovery is likely.
Reviewed By: Eric Perez, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.