Poisoning

What is Poisoning?

In the context of biology, poisons are substances that cause disturbances to organisms, usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular scale, when a sufficient quantity is absorbed by an organism. The fields of medicine (particularly veterinary) and zoology often distinguish a poison from a toxin, and from a venom. Toxins are poisons produced by organisms in nature, and venoms are toxins that are injected by a bite or sting (this is exclusive to animals). Note that the differentiator between venom and other poisons is the method of delivery.

Substances known as poisons may be used in industry, agriculture and other sectors for reasons other than their toxicity. Pesticides are one group of substances whose toxicity is their prime purpose.

In 2013 unintentional poisonings resulted in 98,000 deaths world wide, down from 120,000 deaths in 1990.

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My son was out drinking last night and at some point was given lenor softener to drink......he has been violently sick and taken to hospital, he...

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I read your concerns and would like to suggest to consult with a specialist on poisoning (toxicologist) which is a expert on this field....

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Hello, my friend has just told me that he took Bracken Fern about 10 hours ago and is now feeling very ill and shaking! He is panicking that he is...

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Bracken fern is can cause poisoning and so you need to get your friend to an ER so that he can get immediate...

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I ate out last night and woke up in the middle of the night with severe stomach pains and green diarrhea that lasted for hours.I feel better now...

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It seems you had a sort of food poisoning.It wont hurt your pregnancy but the cause was food.Please be careful about where you eat.If it runs...

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