Podcast #26: Salicylate and Camphor Poisoning - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #26: Salicylate and Camphor Poisoning

wintergreenRun Time: 2 minutes

Author: Dr. John Winkler

Educational Pearls:

  • Camphor from Vicks Vapor rub and Tigerbalm has a very low toxic level and can cause lethargy, altered mental status, and seizures – very dangerous for children.
  • Oil of Wintergreen contains Salicylates – basically aspirin – which only takes 1 teaspoon to be deadly for children.
  • Aspirin OD causes neurotoxicity – changes the blood brain barrier – leads to brain edema and death.
  • Patients always need to go to the ICU and may need intubation.

References:  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1009987-overview

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