had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much Location: Edinburgh
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Posted:Also, since the link in the FAQ doesn't work and noone's said it yet, PLEASE BE CAREFUL with boric acid. It's most likely to enter the body by inhalation, and since it's quite dusty, that can happen quite easily.
For the guys: Boric acid's been associated with testicular problems in rats.
Here's something copied out of a MSDS:
Causes irritation to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. May be absorbed from the mucous membranes, and depending on the amount of exposure could result in the development of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, rash, headache, fall in body temperature, low blood pressure, renal injury, cyanosis, coma, and death.
Symptoms parallel absorption via inhalation. Adult fatal dose reported at 5 to > 30 grams.
Causes skin irritation. Not significantly absorbed through the intact skin. Readily absorbed through damaged or burned skin. Symptoms of skin absorption parallel inhalation and ingestion.
Causes irritation, redness, and pain.
Prolonged absorption causes weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, convulsions and anemia. Liver and particularly the kidneys may be susceptible. Studies of dogs and rats have shown that infertility and damage to testes can result from acute or chronic ingestion of boric acid. Evidence of toxic effects on the human reproductive system is inadequate.
Aggravation of Pre-existing Conditions:
Persons with pre-existing skin disorders or eye problems, or impaired liver, kidney or respiratory function may be more susceptible to the effects of the substance. EDITED_BY: Birgit (1186152241)
"vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us." (G.W. Dahlquist)
Your friendly neighbourhood mad scientist Location: Over the hills and far away
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Posted:Actually, I've done a little research on this...
Safest two I've found (out of all the chemicals pyrotechnics people use) are Strontium Carbonate for red and and Barium Sulphate for green. I'm not sure how well they work yet, mind, but at least they're not likely to kill you or give you testicular problems... I've not yet found a non-poisonous blue though... Still looking.