According to Poison Control, The extraction vial in many of the kits contains a chemical that acts as a preservative and can be harmful if ingested.
Sodium azide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless powder that has been used as a propellant in airbags and pesticides, just to name a few. Poison control officials say the chemical, when swallowed, can cause low blood pressure, cause dizziness, headaches and palpitations. In more severe cases, people may experience seizures, loss of consciousness and death.
Poison control officials say the amount of sodium azide in most fast antigen sets is much lower than the amount expected to cause poisoning if swallowed by an adult.
You are not supposed to swallow or otherwise ingest the chemical to take the test; You are supposed to wash your nose and then insert the swab into the vial containing the chemical.
Poison Control warns people to be aware that the vials look like small squeeze bottles or eye drops. Some may accidentally confuse them with medication and apply the drops on their eyes or nose, which can cause irritation. It can also irritate your skin or cause a chemical burn.
The tests should be kept out of the reach of small children.
Rapid antigen tests work with a nose graft to detect coronavirus. In most cases, the results are available in as little as 15 minutes, depending on the test mark used.
If you suspect someone has swallowed sodium azide, do not make the person vomit. For eye exposure, rinse eyes for 15-20 minutes with warm tap water. For skin exposure, rinse skin thoroughly with tap water. Immediately check out the online Poison Control tool for guidance or call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. If anyone has swallowed part of a rapid antigen test and is about to suffocate, call 911 immediately.
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