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Jesusito Perry
Jesusito Perry

Boracic Acid


Boric acid is a dangerous poison. Poisoning from this chemical can be acute or chronic. Acute boric acid poisoning usually occurs when someone swallows powdered roach-killing products that contain the chemical. Boric acid is a caustic chemical. If it contacts tissues, it can cause injury.

Chronic poisoning occurs in those who are repeatedly exposed to boric acid. For example, in the past, boric acid was used to disinfect and treat wounds. People who repeatedly received such treatment got sick, and some died.

The infant death rate from boric acid poisonings is high. However, boric acid poisoning is considerably rarer than in the past because the substance is no longer used as a disinfectant in nurseries. It is also no longer commonly used in medical preparations. Boric acid is an ingredient in some vaginal suppositories used for yeast infections, although this is NOT a standard treatment.

Swallowing a large amount of boric acid can have severe effects on many parts of the body. Damage to the esophagus and stomach continues to occur for several weeks after the boric acid was swallowed. Death from complications may occur as long as several months later. Holes (perforations) in the esophagus and stomach may result in serious infections in both the chest and abdominal cavities, which may result in death.

When looking for options to control pests in the home, many people turn to borax or boric acid. These substances are known to be harmful to certain types of insects, so it may seem easier to just attempt to control the pests on your own than to call a professional. However, there is a lot of misinformation about what borax and boric acid are and what they can do, information which may also prove dangerous to the health of those in your home.

Borax and boric acid are two different formulations of the same compound. Borax is a mineral that is taken straight from the ground (a form of the element Boron) and used in cleaning products. Boric acid is its extracted, processed and refined form, found in a variety of chemical products.

Most baits containing this compound usually only a 5 percent formulation of boric acid, since high amounts of it can repel insects. However, fine powders or dusts that one would spread out in a thin layer contain 98-99 percent boric acid.

Homeowners buy boric acid to kill many types of insect pests. However, there are only a certain few it will actually affect, namely insects that groom themselves and will therefore ingest it, like ants and cockroaches. Pests it will not kill include:

An acidic environment created by use of acid promotes wound healing by controlling wound infections, increasing antimicrobial activity, altering protease activity, releasing oxygen, reducing toxicity of bacterial end products, enhancing epithelization and angiogenesis, etc. [1]. Various acids such as citric acid, acetic acid, alginic acids have been used as non-toxic, inexpensive and highly effective topical antiseptic agents in the management of a variety of acute and chronic wound infections caused by bacterial pathogens including those caused by multiple antibiotic resistant strains not responding to conventional therapies with oral or injectable antibiotics and local wound care using hydrogen peroxide and povidone-iodine (betadine) [2-6]. The efficacy of citric acid in the management of wound infections caused by a variety of bacterial pathogens [2-3] and the efficacy of acetic acid in the management of wound infections caused by Gram negative bacteria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in particular have been proved beyond doubt [4]. As compared to citric acid and acetic acid, boric acid has not been extensively investigated as a topical antiseptic agent in the management of wound infections. Although boric acid has potential to be a good topical antiseptic agent, it has been mostly overlooked, rarely investigated for its potential as topical agent and rarely reported.

Use of boric acid in a concentration of three percent as a


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