Wilderness: Shellfish Poisoning, Gastrointestinal Topic Guide
Shellfish Poisoning: Shellfish poisoning occurs when toxic shellfish are eaten. There are four types of shellfish poisoning; 1) amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), 2) diarrheal shellfish poisoning (DSP), 3) neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP), and 4) paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). Symptoms of shellfish poisoning include nausea, vomiting, slurred speach, speach defects, an paralysis. Treatment of shellfish poisoning depends on the type.
Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal is a substance used when a person has ingested a poison (drugs or chemicals). Activated charcoal absorbs the poisons in the GI tract. Activated charcoal is administered by a physician and is not recommended for home use. In the United States, the National Poison Control Center hot line is 1-800-222-1222. If someone has ingested poisonous levels of chemicals or drugs, contact the emergency medical response system in your area or take the patient to the nearest emergency department.
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