A person who ingests antifreeze usually exhibits symptoms of poisoning, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue and headache, according to MedlinePlus. Slurred speech, stupor, rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure, and problems with vision, breathing and urination can also result. Ingesting antifreeze sometimes leads to organ failure, coma and death.Know More
A person who swallows antifreeze requires emergency medical attention, according to MedlinePlus. It is helpful to have the following information available for healthcare providers: the name of the product ingested; the amount ingested; and the patient's age, weight and health status. The emergency room closely monitors patients who have ingested antifreeze by measuring their blood pressure, pulse, temperature and breathing rate. Medical interventions may be required, including dialysis, intravenous fluids or medications. Gastric lavage may be performed by inserting a tube through the nose and into the stomach to flush its contents.
The poisonous ingredients in antifreeze include ethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol and methanol, notes MedlinePlus. If a patient swallows antifreeze containing primarily ethylene glycol, death may occur within 24 hours. Patients who survive ethylene glycol poisoning sometimes experience permanent brain damage and vision loss. Ingesting as little as 2 to 8 ounces of methanol can cause death in an adult, and 2 tablespoons can be deadly for a child.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
The different types of antifreeze include ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, which are prominently used as car engine coolants. Less popular antifreeze agents are methanol and 1, 3 propandiol and glycerol.Full Answer >
When adding antifreeze to a car, owners should stick with the manufacturer's recommendation, according to ChiltonDIY. Manufacturers include their recommendation in the operator's manual. Since tap water contains minerals, owners should use distilled water to dilute the antifreeze to the optimal 50 percent mix.Full Answer >
G12 antifreeze is available through Amazon.com and eBay.com. Amazon.com carries Pentosin G12 coolant for aluminum engines. G12 antifreeze sold through eBay includes Volkswagen G12, Hightec and Pentosin G12, as of 2015.Full Answer >
Antifreeze has a sweet smell like pancake or maple syrup. If the smell is noticeable inside the vehicle, the heater core is likely to be leaking. Smelling the sweet scent outside the vehicle indicates that the coolant leak might be in a hose or the radiator.Full Answer >