Updated CPG: Essential oil poisoning

The Toxicology Committee updated the existing Victorian CPG Essential oil poisoning.


The Key points for the CPG are

  1. Mucous membrane irritation and gastrointestinal symptoms usually develop first, followed by CNS depression which increases the risk of aspiration pneumonitis
  2. Aspiration pneumonitis is a risk from both the essential oil and from hydrocarbons or emulsifiers that are added to many preparations
  3. Symptoms are specific to the type of essential oil. Contact poisons information for advice if specific ingestant is known

For 24 hour advice, contact the Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26


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