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Super Glue

Medium Risk

Also known as:

cyanolacrylate Glue Masters™ Gorilla Glue® Krazy Glue® Loctite®

Possible Symptoms
  • Choking hazard
  • minor upset stomach
  • skin-to-skin or skin-to-object binding
  • eye pain
  • eyelid or eyelash binding
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap. Do not forcefully remove any bonding.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.
If Exposed to Eyes
  1.  Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2. Do NOT try to force the eye open.
  3. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.

Important

Do not try to pull any glued skin or areas in or around the eyes apart as damage can occur. There are several methods that can be used to remove the glue. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for additional information.

Additional Information

Expected Symptoms: Super glue does not usually cause many symptoms. The liquid becomes a solid very quickly, even inside the mouth. The solid piece can cause a child to choke and it might cause minor stomach upset. Getting the glue on the skin can quickly result in skin-to-skin or skin-to-object adherence (they become stuck together).

Many times during use, things get stuck together by mistake: skin-to-skin (such as fingers glued together) or skin-to-object (such as gluing a finger to the table).  In addition, bottles of super glue have a similar shape as an eye medication bottle, and sometimes super glue is accidentally put into the eye, resulting in the eye being glued shut. These incidents can cause a great deal of panic for an individual. Skin-to-skin or skin-to-object adherence feels very strong and may seem like it will never become “unstuck”.  When super glue is accidentally put into an eye, there is an immediate stinging pain with an almost instantaneous binding of the eyelids and/or the eye lashes. You might think this could lead to permanent vision loss, but it does not usually cause significant damage to the eye.

The following information is the initial first-aid steps to take, it ESSENTIAL to call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately with super glue exposures, every case needs individual attention.

For superglue on the skin, DO NOT try to pry the bond apart, this can actually take off layers of skin. Instead, apply a warm compress to the glued area to soften the glue.  Reassure any anxiety the person may be having; let them know you are calling the poison center and they will be fine.

For superglue in the eye, remember that this burns and stings a lot at first. If the eyelids are not stuck together, rinse the eye with water.  If the eyelids are stuck together, DO NOT try to force the eye open.  DO NOT use acetone, alcohol or any chemical near the eye in attempts to dissolve the adhesive, and DO NOT attempt to release the adhesion by clipping eye lashes.  Apply warm compresses over the eye, this may help soften the glue and loosen the bond of the glue.

If someone has gotten superglue into the mouth, DO NOT try to pull off the glue. Rinse the mouth out with water. If there is glue stuck inside the mouth, vegetable oil or peanut butter can help soften the glue inside the oral cavity. If there is any glue stuck to the teeth or tongue, it will not be stuck for very long. The bond is loosened due to the warm, moist environment of the mouth.

As always, it is best to be safe and call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if there has been an incident with super glue.  The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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