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Spring is here! As the seasons and weather change, so do types of calls to the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. Spring-cleaning seems to be year round now. It is common to take allergy medication this time of year. We want to share some general poison prevention tips with you. Prevention and safety is our goal!

Cleaners and Disinfectants

Cleaning surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

  • Avoid mixing chemicals together. Toilet bowl cleaners that contains acids when mixed with bleach forms chlorine gas, which is highly irritating to the lungs.
  • Store cleaners, household chemicals, and all cleaning products in their original containers.
  • Use in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear gloves to avoid skin contact.
  • Follow label directions.
  • Store all chemicals out of the reach of children.

Hand Sanitizers

If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer may help rid your hands of unwanted germs. Many hand sanitizers come in brightly colored bottles and smell like food or candy. Often, hand sanitizer products contain over 60% ethyl alcohol, which could cause alcohol poisoning.

  • Always supervise children when using hand sanitizer.
  • Only use a dime-sized amount and rub in until dry.
  • Some smell good and are colorful-keep out of reach of curious toddlers.
  • Avoid eye exposure.

Allergy Medication

Seasonal allergies can make people miserable this time of the year. Stinging, red, watery eyes and runny noses are common symptoms. Medication to combat these symptoms include nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants and inhalers. Medications are the leading cause of childhood poisoning.

  • Read all medication labels carefully and only take as directed.
  • Increasing a dose usually will not make medicine more effective.
  • Never call medicine or vitamins “candy”.
  • Use child resistant caps.
  • Keep all medication out of reach and sight.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center is a free community service to the public.

When you call 1-800-222-1222, you will speak immediately to a Registered Nurse or Pharmacist 24/7/365.