boric acid poisoning

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boric acid poisoning

an adverse reaction to the ingestion or absorption through the skin of boric acid, a mild but potentially lethal antiseptic. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, convulsions, and shock. Absorption of boric acid from diapers is a threat to infants.

boric acid poisoning

Poisoning caused by the consumption of or exposure to boric acid.


Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, weakness, central nervous system depression, livid skin rash characterized as “boiled lobster rash, ” and shock. Acute renal failure and cardiac failure may result from large ingestions.


Activated charcoal may prevent absorption of boric acid from the gastrointestinal tract. Hemodialysis is sometimes required for severe intoxications.

See also: poisoning