Shaving cream poisoning

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Shaving cream poisoning occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally eats shaving cream. It is called shaving lotion poisoning.


Why should I be aware of this?

A simple product like shaving cream is also poisonous. It has to be kept out of reach of children and toddlers. Todllers explore their world by putting things into their mouths. They will even eat things that taste and smell bad. In instances of shaving cream poisoning, it is important to know what to do and what not to do.

All about shaving cream poisoning

Shaving cream is not very poisonous. Most symptoms are due to allergic reactions or when shaving cream touches the eyes.

Some of the ingredients resonsible for these reactions are

  • Anionic surfactants (soaps)
  • Nonionic surfactants (soaps)


  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat --Blurred vision Burning pain in the throat Burns to the eye Gastrointestinal
  • Abdominal pain Diarrhea (watery, bloody) Vomiting
  • Lungs -- Difficulty breathing (from breathing in or allergic reaction)
  • Skin Rash

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:

  • Patient's age, weight, and condition
  • Name of the product (ingredients and strengths, if known)
  • Time it was swallowed
  • Amount swallowed

What to Expect at the Emergency Room

The health care provider will measure and monitor your vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Symptoms will be treated as appropriate. You may receive:

  • Fluids by IV
  • Medicine to treat the allergic reaction

What can I do?

Seek immediate medical help. Do NOT make a person throw up unless told to do so by Poison Control or a health care professional.

If the chemical was swallowed, immediately give the person water or milk, unless instructed otherwise by a health care provider. Do NOT give water or milk if the patient is having symptoms (such as vomiting, convulsions, or a decreased level of alertness) that make it hard to swallow.


  • Shaving Cream Poisoning New York Times
  • Shaving cream poisoning - Overview
  • University of Penselvania Medical Encyclopedia
  • Shaving cream poisoning -- Medical Encyclopedia
  • Poison in our homes