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Choking Agent Poisoning

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is choking agent poisoning?

Choking agent poisoning happens when you are exposed to a harmful chemical, such as phosgene or chlorine. Phosgene is used to make dyes, plastics, and pesticides. Chlorine is used to keep swimming pool water clean. You may accidently be exposed during a fire or chemical spill. It may also be used as a weapon. Choking agents may cause severe symptoms and be life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of choking agent poisoning?

Signs and symptoms may occur immediately or up to 48 hours after exposure:

What should I do if I am exposed to a choking agent?

What can I do to prevent choking agent poisoning?

When should I seek immediate care?

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