If You Suspect a Poisoning
If you suspect that you have consumed a poisonous mushroom, contact a physician, or your local poison control center. Once help has been secured, it is advisable to try to get the suspect mushrooms identified. NAMA provides a list of volunteers who are able to assist with identification in poisoning cases. It is best to get help if you are not familiar with mushroom identification.
What You Can Do
If you, someone you know, or even your pet may have been poisoned by mushrooms, try to get a sample of the same mushroom or mushrooms from where they were found. This will help aid in identification.
Place any available material in a paper bag or waxed paper, not plastic and refrigerate until it can be examined. Note where the mushrooms were collected in case the mushrooms may have been contaminated by uptake of pesticides or heavy metals from lawns, roadsides or industrial areas.
After the incident, help document mushroom poisonings by submitting an online report to the NAMA Poison Case Registry.
NAMA Mushroom Warning Poster
This warning poster notes the two deadly-toxic fungi, Amanita phalloides and Amanita bisporigera, responsible for the most fatal mushroom poisonings around the world. It includes warnings in several languages. Incidents of mushroom poisoning have been especially common among people who are newly arrived in North America from places where harmless lookalikes are safely and regularly harvested and consumed.
NAMA and cooperating organizations seek widespread distribution of the warning poster. The electronic version (approximately 11″ x 17″) may be downloaded and printed for educational use.
NAMA would like to thank Martha Gottleib, former Chair of the Arts & Graphics Committee (now the Visual Arts Committee), for design and artwork in creating this version of the NAMA warning poster.
Please note that paper copies of the poster are no longer available through NAMA directly, but they can be printed at a low cost by any color print shop.
Dogs and Cats and Mushrooms
Pets have been known to eat mushrooms in yards and on walks. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Take extra care to keep pets away from areas where mushrooms might be growing. Immediately contact your veterinarian or the NAMA Identifiers list if you see your pet eating a wild mushroom. Try to get a sample of what your pet ate, to assist with identification. More information can be found on our Pet Poisonings webpage.
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