Silica Gel: Used to prevent moisture damage and avoid spoilage of goods. Often included in packing materials for pharmaceutical products, camera equipment or shoes. Also known as desiccants.
What is it: Silicone dioxide in the form of granules or powder (resembling sugar).
Is it toxic? Silica gel is non-toxic. Although these packets often say ‘DO NOT EAT’ on them, the concern is it that it can be a choking hazard.
Eyes: Possible irritation if particles left in eye.
Ingestion: Poisoning is not expected from ingestion of beads or powder. Swallowing the packaging could be a choking hazard.
What to do:
Eyes: Rinse eyes with lukewarm water with one of the following methods:
Do not induce vomiting. If symptoms persist after above first aid measures, contact the Poison Control Centre.
How can I prevent exposure? Dispose of silica gel packages when no longer needed.
Need more information: Call the Poison Control Centre.
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