Talcum powder is a powder made from a mineral called talc. Talcum powder poisoning may occur when someone breathes in or swallows talcum powder. This can be by accident or on purpose.
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Talc can be harmful if it is swallowed or breathed in.
Talc may be found in:
- Certain products that kill germs (antiseptics)
- Some baby powders
- Talcum powder
- As a filler in street drugs, like heroin
Other products may also contain talc.
Most symptoms of talcum powder poisoning are caused by breathing in (inhaling) talc dust, especially in infants. Sometimes this happens by accident or over a long period of time.
Breathing problems are the most common problem of inhaling talcum powder. Below are other symptoms of talcum powder poisoning in different parts of the body.