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Ontario Poison Centre




Sunscreens contain various active ingredients, some of which are in the aspirin family including homosalate, and octisalate. This can possibly result in aspirin poisoning, but usually this requires large ingestions. Most effects from unintentional ingestion are related to additive ingredients including various oils, fragrances or alcohols which are not toxic but can be irritating.

Poisoning Risk

Low in small, unintentional exposures.

High in large amounts.

Expected Symptoms

  • Possible upset stomach (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).

Home Treatment

  • Provide something to drink for dilution.
  • For eye exposures, rinse eyes for at least 15 minutes with lukewarm water.
  • Call the Poison Centre for further advice.


  • Every case is different. OPC is available 24hrs/day to provide information for your individual situation. Call 1-800-268-9017 (Toll-free) or 416-813-5900 (Local).




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