Shampoo poisoning

Shampoo poisoning is intentional or accidental ingestion of shampoo products. It is important to note that shampoos are scented hair care products used to cleanse the hair and scalp as well as add shine.

Ingestion of shampoo is the usual cause for shampoo poisoning. If the product enters the eyes, it can trigger pain and irritation. Remember that shampoos are made from a variety of chemicals that include surfactants, perfumes, preservatives and coloring agents. Take note that some of these chemicals can be toxic.

What are the indications?

The signs of shampoo poisoning might vary from one case to another. It might be mild but can be severe in some cases.

The usual indications of poisoning include:

  • Eye pain and irritation with brief blurred vision if it enters the eyes.
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
    shampoo-poisoning

    If an allergic reaction occurs, the individual might suffer from wheezing, swollen throat and tongue and difficulty speaking.

  • Stomach pain in some cases
  • Brief difficulty breathing if shampoo enters the nose and throat
  • If an allergic reaction occurs, the individual might suffer from wheezing, swollen throat and tongue and difficulty speaking. In some cases, these symptoms are severe.

First aid care for shampoo poisoning

Call for emergency assistance right away or bring the individual to the nearest emergency department if an individual is suspected with shampoo poisoning. If possible, provide details on the compound taken, time it was taken, quantity, age, weight and overall health status of the individual.

  • Check if there is the presence of pulse and breathing.
  • If eye exposure occurred, thoroughly wash the affected eye with large amounts of water.
  • If possible, bring the container of the product.

In most cases, shampoo poisoning is not a serious condition. With proper care at home, the individual can recover fully without any serious symptoms.

Disclaimer / More Information

The information posted on this page on shampoo poisoning is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize the signs and how it is treated, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Victoria, Surrey, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Red Deer, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

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