How to act when nicotine meets the eye
Nicotine is a highly toxic substance that can have even fatal consequences. When one comes in contact with it, they should take definitive measures to minimize the dangerous outcomes and preserve health and life. What’s essential is the canal through which nicotine is absorbed:
- If nicotine is poured on one’s skin, immediately take off contaminated clothing and wash the skin with plenty of water with soap.
- In case nicotine meets the eyes, wash them with plenty of water with the eyelid held open, and keep up the process for up to 10-15 minutes.
- When nicotine ingestion happens, do not force vomiting. One shall rinse their mouth with water. If they are unconscious, do not give them anything to drink.
- If one inhales nicotine fumes, cut off the source by removing it to fresh air and keep warm and calm.
The acute toxicity estimate and the nicotine poisoning symptoms
The acute toxicity estimate doses for nicotine intake are:
- Oral: 5 mg/kg
- Skin: 70 mg/kg
- Inhalation/mist: 0,19 mg/l
When one comes in direct contact with the substance, the following symptoms may occur: burning in the oral cavity, throat, and stomach, exhaustion, seizure, worsening of respiration, irregular heartbeat, impaired motor coordination, and coma. Additionally, chronic nicotine poisoning may lead to cardiovascular disorders.
Remember that in every case you come in dangerous contact with nicotine, you should consult a medical doctor!