Health Hazards (Acute and Chronic): Large doses of Iodine cause sever vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, thirst, shock, fever, delirium, stupor and death. Prolonged exposure to Iodine compounds may produce iodism and deficiency of thyroid hormone.
Signs and Symptoms of Exposure: May cause contact dermatitis. Repeated, excessive exposure to Iodine compounds may cause rash, swelling of the vocal cords, severe generalized allergic reaction, joint pain and swelling. Iodine is absorbed through intact skin.
Medical Conditions Generally Aggravated by Exposure: Individuals with thyroid, lung or kidney disease may wish to consult a physician before working with iodine compounds.
Emergency and First Aid Procedures:
Seek medical assistance for further treatment, observation and support if necessary.
Eye Contact: Flush with water at least 15 minutes and get medical attention if irritation persists.
Skin contact: If exposed to more than five drops, remove contaminated clothing and flush with water. Get medical attention if irritation persists.
Ingestion: If four drops or more are ingested at one time, immediate steps should be taken. Do not induce vomiting if patient is unconscious or extremely drowsy. Otherwise administer 2 glasses of water and induce vomiting. Get immediate medical attention even if symptoms improve.