Patient Comments: Ricin - Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of exposure to ricin mimic other illnesses. Have you ever suspected you've been exposed to ricin?

A Doctor's View on Symptoms of Ricin Exposure

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Ricin comes in many forms like powder, mist, pill, or pellet. Ricin can be dissolved in water and other liquids. Symptoms of ricin poisoning from inhalation include fever, cough, nausea, sweating, and a tightness in the chest. On the other hand, symptoms of ricin exposure by ingestion include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, blood in the urine, and low blood pressure. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: quazar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I soaked some castor beans to try to get them to germinate faster, then handled the soaked beans barehanded. Is there any chance I could have been exposed to the poison? I wanted them to help control moles in the yard. To my disappointment, the beans did not do a very good job, and we still have mole problems.

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