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During the summer months you tend to see more spiders.
One spider, that we don’t see very often but is a very dangerous spider, is the
brown recluse spider also known as the fiddle-back spider. The brown recluse is
a poisonous spider that can cause tissue death at the bite site.Children and adults both can become ill when
to Recognize a Brown Recluse
This type of spider is very unique. While most spiders
have eight eyes, a brown recluse only has six. Its coloring consists of a sandy
brown with the violin-shaped marking being a little darker than the rest of its
body. You will also see many fine, short hairs on its body.
Can You Find a Brown Recluse?
These spiders like to build webs in dark places that
haven’t been recently disturbed. Here are some examples of places you might
find them: rotting bark, attics, basements, closets, behind pictures, shoes,
cardboard boxes, garages, etc. A person might not always be aware that they have been
bitten, because the initial bite does not always hurt right away. Here are some
symptoms that could occur from a brown recluse bite:
of the Skin around the Bite
you think you or a loved one might have been bitten, please do not hesitate to
contact your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for free expert
advice, 24 hours a day.
Powdered caffeine is a new item on the market that can be
extremely dangerous. It is important for parents, teachers and consumers to be
aware of this product.
Recently, the death of an Ohio teenager prompted the Food
and Drug Administration to warn consumers about the dangers of consuming pure
powdered caffeine sold online. Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal.Shockingly, one teaspoon is equivalent to roughly
25 cups of coffee.
Since the recent death of an 18-year-old boy, the FDA is
now investigating caffeine powder and is considering taking regulatory action.
To keep loved ones safe, please keep this information in
is unregulated, cheap and easy to buy.is
unregulated, unlike caffeine added to soda. Those who drink coffee, tea or soda
may be aware of caffeine's less serious effects, like nervousness and tremors,
and may not realize that the powdered form is a pure chemical. The difference
between a safe amount and a lethal dose of caffeine in these powdered products
is very small, according to FDA officials. Symptoms of caffeine overdose or
toxicity include rapid or erratic heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and
disorientation. Please share this information with your friends and family. For
questions, call the experts at 1-800-222-1222. Caffeine powder is considered
a dietary supplement therefore it is not subject to FDA regulations.
be lethal even in small doses.
overdose symptoms can be very serious. Symptoms can include: rapid or erratic
heartbeat, vomiting, confusion, diarrhea, trouble breathing, hallucinations,
you or a loved one has ingested too much of this powdered caffeine or for more
information, please contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. We’re here to answer your