iodine poisoning

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iodine poisoning

An acute condition caused by accidental ingestion of iodine or its compounds. This condition is marked by brown stains on the lips and mouth; burning pain in the mouth, throat, and stomach; vomiting (blue vomit if the stomach contained starches, otherwise yellow vomit); bloody diarrhea. Synonym: tincture of iodine poisoning

Patient care

The patient should immediately be given by mouth a cornstarch or flour solution, 15 g in 500 ml (2 cups) of water. Activated charcoal or gastric lavage may also be employed.

See also: poisoning
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