SO YOU ATE A STRANGE FUN­GUS

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Al­though un­likely, mush­room poi­son­ing can be se­ri­ous. Poi­sons.co.nz has the fol­low­ing ad­vice on fun­gus poi­son­ing:

Call the Na­tional Poi­sons Cen­tre on 0800 POI­SON (0800 764 766) im­me­di­ately.

Take the per­son to a med­i­cal cen­tre or hos­pi­tal for ac­ti­vated char­coal. This binds the poi­son in the stom­ach and stops it from be­ing ab­sorbed. It is best if the per­son re­ceives this within an hour of in­ges­tion.

Take a sam­ple of the mush­room and re­frig­er­ate it. If pos­si­ble, also take close pho­to­graphs of the mush­room from all an­gles.

Af­ter the per­son has been seen by a doc­tor and sent home, mon­i­tor them for a week. If they be­come un­well, take them and the mush­room back to the doc­tor.

The doc­tor will call the poi­sons cen­tre and the mush­room may be iden­ti­fied by a mush­room ex­pert to help find the right an­ti­dote.

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