The Poison Post ®
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September 2019 Edition
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Caution When Using Arnica Products
Arnica is used as a homeopathic treatment for many ailments. It is fairly safe for short periods or in diluted forms, but eating Arnica creams, extracts, or the plant itself can cause serious poisoning.  Learn more...
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Kissing Bugs And Chagas Disease
Kissing bugs can transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Although infection from a kissing bug bite is rare in the US, it is still important to take steps to prevent contact with kissing bugs.  Learn more...
Is Ant Bait Safe Around Children?
Ant bait products have multiple forms and active ingredients. Generally, the concentration of the active ingredient is low and poses little risk of toxicity. Treatment of exposure to ant baits involves rinsing the mouth, skin, or eyes.  Learn more...
Giant Hogweed and Its Toxic Cousins
The sap of most Heracleum plants contains a harmful chemical. Although the amount of the toxic component can vary, it is best to avoid contact with any species in this group of plants! Learn more...
Using Povidone-iodine Safely
Povidone-iodine is a common antiseptic used to disinfect the skin, eyes, and vagina. When used correctly, it may cause mild side effects, but it can cause major problems when used incorrectly.  Learn more...
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