AA Alkaline Battery leakage health risks?
October 11, 2011 1:07 AM Subscribe
Alkaline AA Battery leakage: Just how dangerous is that stuff?
There is a chance that I may have accidentally stuck a tissue up my nose that I had used earlier wipe off some AA alkaline Battery Leakage. What would be the symptoms?
posted by mary8nne to health & fitness (9 answers total)
I know you are not my doctor and this is not medical advice but:
I'm really not sure if that was the tissue I"d used and have since thrown it out. It was a few days ago. (Sunday morning).
I didn't see a doctor as (a) it was Sunday, (b) I don't have medical cover here and (c) there were no symptoms. ie. no burning sensation. I tried to wash off my nose and lip area immediately afterwards and everything seems to be fine... but I can't shake that feeling of dread.
There are no real symptoms beyond possibly psychosomatic feeling that something is up... you know - ever so slightly watery eyes, slightly odd feelings in the nose cavity.. ( but possibly caused by the rinsing itself).
Google suggests that it was Potassium hydroxide - how dangerous is that? Anecdotal evidence around suggests that its not that bad, and you could even lick alkaline batteries without significant ill effects.
- Would it be absorbed by the mucous membrane in my nasal cavity? and get 'inside' somewhere?
- Would it just cause a little chemical burn then peter out?