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Ontario Poison Centre

Super Glue

Super Glue


The adhesive ingredient in “Super Glue” or “Crazy Glue” is called cyanoacrylate. When applied it bonds very quickly and transforms to a plastic state when dried/cured.  If glue is accidentally dried on the skin, it will not cause poisoning. It may just take some time for it to completely wear off. If the glue gets in the mouth, the liquid becomes a solid very quickly and can cause choking.

Poisoning Risk


Expected Symptoms

  • Skin-to-skin or skin-to-object adherence (they become stuck together)

Home Treatment

  • If dried glue is on the skin, can leave it alone to wear off or soak the affected skin surfaces in warm water.
  • If skin surfaces are glued together, prolonged soaking of the affected body parts in water may soften bond and separate tissue surfaces. This may take several hours.
  • Do not pull the skin apart as bleeding can result.
  • Mineral oil, vegetable oil or petroleum jelly aids in the removal of cyanoacrylates from tender skin areas or around the eyes.
  • If superglue gets in the eye and eyelids are not stuck together, rinse with lukewarm water.
  • If eyelids are stuck together, do not use alcohol, acetone or any other chemical near the eye. Apply warm compress over the eye and 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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