I am sure you have heard someone say “Are you trying to poison me?” when they receive awe full food or drink. The sad truth is that there are people willing to poison a loved one or enemy. Have a look at these 13 symptoms and who knows it might save your life one day. If it does, you’re welcome.
Here are the 13 symptoms to look for if you suspect you or someone you know is being poisoned:
1. Hair Loss
Heavy metal poisons such as Antimony or arsenic will is secreted from the hair roots. These poisons will cause the person to lose hair to a greater or lesser extent.
The unfortunate reality is that some poisons will act like a disease and attack tissue and blood. Because of the attack, your body will attempt to heal itself and you will gain a fever. Some of the poisons are so strong that even though your body tries to defend itself it will be too much for your white blood cells to cope.
3. Constricted pupils
When Barbiturates and Alkaloids are present in your system it will cause your pupils to become teeny tiny. Two examples of poisons that can trigger constricted pupils are Heroin and Morphine.
4. Dilated Pupils
When your eyes are fully dilated and you look like someone that should be in Supernatural episode insulin might be the culprit. You will also experience light sensitivity due to the pupils not adjusting to the ambient light.
5. Burns in and around the mouth
Because some poisons have a highly caustic effect and burns can be found in and around the mouth. The interesting thing is that the poison can be alkaline or acidic. It can also be introduced to the body ion a gaseous, solid or liquid state.
Many poisons have distinctive smells that can alert medical professionals to investigate a case of poisoning. Cyanide is a great example as it smells like bitter almonds.
7. Unusual Skin Colors
If your skin is starting to change into a different color such as cherry red, pinkish, and even grey-brown, there is a chance you may have been poisoned. The cause for the discoloration is the poison stops oxygen from attaching to the blood cells. Discolored blood equals discolored skin.
8. Gastric effects
Heavy metal poisons can have a plethora of effects that mimic gastric disease. The symptoms can be one or more of the following:
- You might lose control of your bowel movements, and urinary tract.
- Extreme sweating, and insatiable thirst, Delirium
9. Speckling Skin
When someone is administering small doses of arsenic over an extended period of time, light speckles form on the skin. Sources say that the speckles often look like raindrops.
10. Brittle Nails
Again heavy metals are the likely suspect when nails become brittle. Another terrible effect is that your nails may fall off.
11. Stomach cramps
Due to the fact that most poisons are ingested, it comes as no surprise that one of the classic signs of poisoning is stomach pain and cramps.
12. Track marks
If drugs are introduced to the body using needles scarring on the skin will occur. Ulcers will also form permanent holes that are surrounded by grey scarring. Not sure how someone will do this without you noticing unless you are in a coma I am sure you will most likely see this on someone using narcotics.
Various poisons will upset the stomach and cause you to vomit copiously.
That is it for out 13 symptoms you should look for if you think you are being poisoned. If you do think you might be a victim of poisoning accidental or on purpose please contact your doctor immediately or the emergency services in your country.