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Chloraseptic Spray

Low Risk

Also known as:

oral anesthetic sore throat spray

Possible Symptoms
  • Minor stomach upset
  • Eye irritation
  • Minor tingling sensation in mouth and throat
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.
If Exposed to Eyes
  1. Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.

Additional Information

Quick Facts about chloraseptic spray:

A common question we answer at the Missouri Poison Center is: What happens if I swallow Chloraseptic sore throat spray instead of spitting it out?

Chloraseptic is a throat spray (also called an oral anesthetic) for temporary relief of minor pain and irritation of a sore mouth or throat. The main ingredient in Cloraseptic spray is phenol 1.4%. It has local anesthetic effects to numb the area.

Many calls to the poison center involve people who use the product first and read the directions afterward. According to the label, the affected area (the area that is sore in the mouth or throat) is supposed to be sprayed and then “allow to remain in place for at least 15 seconds, then spit out”. However, most people swallow the spray instead of spitting it out. We also get calls about children being found with the bottle after spraying the product into their mouths or on their skin. Consequently, this may cause minor irritation to the skin or inside of the mouth. And, if swallowed, it can cause a minor upset stomach. Sometimes, it is sprayed into the eyes, which causes burning and stinging. Note: If the spray has gotten into the eyes, rinse with water and call the Missouri Poison Center right away for additional instructions.

What To Do If You Swallow The Spray

Instead of spitting it out, rinse your mouth with water and then have some water to drink. If this involves a child, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and then give the child some fluids to drink. If sprayed on the skin, wash with soap and water. Most often, accidental exposures can be handled at home with no need to seek immediate medical care. It is always best to call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222 for more detailed instructions and follow-up phone calls. No matter the reason for the exposure. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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