Although it is very rare that someone dies from boric acid toxicity. In the world literature, on boric acid toxicity, 172 cases of boric acid poisoning were reported. Among those cases, there were 83 fatalities and 37 local deaths. 23 children also suffered from severe diaper rash.
Accidental oral overdose of boric acid suppositories can cause casualties but have there been any deaths from boric acid suppositories as well? No, we may have heard that people get sick or they even can die from using boric acid. But no one has died using boric acid suppositories.
If you want to know the reality of deaths from boric acid suppositories then this article is for you. Here, you will get to know everything about boric acid suppositories.
What is boric acid suppositories?
Boric acid suppositories are made up of white odorless boric acid powder which is naturally found in environments like soil, plants, rocks, and water. Boric acid has several medicinal uses as it works as an antiseptic, antifungal agent, balances the vaginal ph, and fights against vaginal infections.
How deaths happens from boric acid suppositories
On the Internet, we read several misconceptions about boric acid suppositories that they are highly toxic and can even cause death but it is not true. Although boric acid suppositories can cause mild toxicities and side effects, there are no deaths reported yet.
As mentioned above there are several cases of death when boric acid is consumed by mouth. In 2011 centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) stated that consuming 30 g of boric acid can cause severe toxicity in a short span d of time and can even lead to death.
However, the boric acid suppository consists of a very less amount of boric acid which is only 600 mg. To some people, suppositories may appear similar to boric acid oral dosage form and they can accidentally swallow it which is dangerous. But the vaginal use of boric acid suppository is usually safe.
What Does A Boric Acid Suppository Do?
Boric acid suppositories work against bacteria and yeast vaginal infections. The actual mechanism is unknown but it is believed that it disrupts bacterial and fungal growth. It also prevents microorganisms from forming the sticky matrix biofilms.
Side Effects From Taking Boric Acid?
Boric acid suppositories have a few mild vaginal side effects including
- Vagina redness
- Burning sensation in the vagina
- Watery discharge from the vagina
If you experience any of these side effects by using boric acid suppositories immediately stop using them and contact your physician.
In case you mistakenly take boric acid suppository orally then it can cause boric acid poisoning with the following symptoms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Feeling lethargic and weak
- Experiencing tremors
If you experience any of the above symptoms immediately call the emergency helpline or visit hospital emergency services.
When To Not Use Boric Acid Suppositories
Since there are studies going to know the effect of boric acid on the reproductive system, therefore, you should not use boric acid suppositories. Especially if you are planning to become pregnant, you are pregnant, or you are a breastfeeding mother.
In addition to that following persons should avoid using boric acid suppositories.
- You should avoid using boric acid suppositories if you have sores or cuts around the vagina or you are having vagina bleeding.
- If you are going through symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills you should avoid using boric acid suppositories
- Avoid if you have a pelvic inflammatory disease and STIs.
- A boric acid suppository is contraindicated with blood-thinning medications.
- A person with health conditions like a weak immune system and diabetes should avoid taking boric acid suppositories.
Impact of boric acid on reproductive health
A Concern about Boric acid suppositories is that they are inserted in the vagina which may cause potential side effects to the reproductive system.
Studies on animals tell that Boric acid when taken orally had an impact on male fertility and has side effects on the fetus of female animals. However, the research on human beings did not give similar results as animals. As researchers are still working, it is better to take precautions.
Boric acid suppositories are widely used for treating bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection. Mild side effects can occur by using the suppositories but generally, it is safe.
There are no severe side-effects or deaths from boric acid suppositories reported till now. If someone overdosed on boric acid orally then it can cause boric acid poisoning, lead to severe toxicity, and even cause death. To prevent any accident, always keep the boric acid suppository separate from oral medications. Women should avoid using boric acid suppositories during pregnancy as a precaution for their own safety.