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The Most Dangerous Products


Acetaminophen  A single or repeated dose above the recommended amount can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and liver damage. Symptoms of liver damage, such as yellow skin and eyes, can take several days to appear.
Alcohol in drinks, perfume, aftershave, facial cleanser, antiseptics, and mouthwash A small amount can cause intoxication, slow heart rate and breathing, low blood sugar, seizures, and coma.
Antifreeze or windshield-washer fluid containing ethylene glycol or methanol  A small amount can cause rapid heart rate, seizures, and coma. Ethylene glycol can cause kidney damage and methanol can cause blindness. Symptoms can be delayed. 
Heart and blood-pressure medications A small amount can cause irregular heart rhythm, low blood pressure, and coma. Some produce symptoms within 30 minutes; others can take 12 hours or more.
Caustic chemicals, such as toilet-bowl and oven cleaner, dishwasher soap, artificial-nail primer, permanent-wave solutions, hair remover A small amount can cause burns and scarring on contact. It can also cause difficulty breathing and swallowing, organ damage, and coma.
Cough and cold medications More than the recommended amount can raise blood pressure and heart rate, slow breathing, and cause cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and coma.
Eyedrops and nasal sprays A few drops can constrict blood vessels in the body and cause seizures and coma in 20 to 30 minutes.
Hydrocarbons, often in baby and bath oil, lamp oil, makeup remover, furniture polish, gasoline, lighter fluid, turpentine, and kerosene One sip can cause fatal pneumonia if a child chokes and aspirates the substance into his lungs. Gasoline and solvents can cause breathing difficulty, seizures, and coma if inhaled.
Iron supplements or adult vitamins with iron Swallowing a few can cause bloody vomiting and diarrhea, liver damage, and coma.
Oral diabetes medications A small amount can cause low blood sugar, seizures, and coma. Symptoms can be delayed for 24 hours.  
Tricyclic antidepressants, such as Adapin and Elavil, which are more dangerous than SSRIs Any amount can cause seizures and coma in a small child, sometimes within 20 to 30 minutes.
Pesticides, including lawn-weed and insect killers and indoor bug sprays and powders One swallow can cause respiratory failure, abnormal heart rhythm, paralysis, seizures, and coma. Toxic exposure can also occur through inhalation or skin exposure.
Narcotic pain relievers, such as codeine An adult dose can cause low blood pressure, slow heart rate, difficulty breathing, and coma in a child.
Topical anesthetics, such as first-aid or sunburn cream

Ingesting even a small amount can cause difficulty breathing, seizures, and coma.


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