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Facts About Snake Bites in Illinois And Some Ways to Keep Safe

Posted: August 16th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Did you know we were in the middle of snake biting season? No we’re not suggesting that people are biting snakes this time of year, but snakes are indeed biting people. During the months of May-October, more snake bite incidents are recorded in the U.S. than any other time of the year. Considering we are in peak season, addressing this issue now seemed timely; just in case you and your family plan to go hiking or camping soon. Read more »


Truth, Dare, Double Dare…

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Unfortunately, many poison exposure incidents start with 3 little words: “I dare you…”  A group of friends egging each other on, calling bravery into question (and often offering money if the dare is completed) can quickly turn a flippant suggestion into a potential medical emergency.

Here are some  dares the IPC staff has consulted on:

  • A 40 year old male was dared to chew and swallow a lizard for $50.  A live one.  There is a reason we have the Brookfield Zoo’s senior reptile keeper’s phone number on our quick number list! Read more »

What’s the Latest Buzz on Bee stings?

Posted: August 31st, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

By Tony Burda DABAT and Sheri VanOsdol Pharm.D.

The incidence of bee stings tends to rise during the late summer and fall.  Recently, a suburban Chicago greenhouse worker died from a suspected reaction to a bee sting.  This unfortunate incident prompted us to summarize some simple first aid tips in the event that you are stung and how to avoid beestings.  Read more »