Exposure to the two most common nitrogen oxides, nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, can cause death, decreased fertility and genetic mutations. Tissue swelling, headaches and dizziness are common side effects when exposed to high levels of nitrogen oxides. Studies show that repeated exposure can lead to scarring.Continue Reading
People exposed to nitrogen oxides over a long period may experience respiratory issues and reduced lung function that can limit an active lifestyle. Those with asthma are more vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals. Nitrogen oxides are created when fuel is combusted at high temperatures. They are commonly found in polluted air and are common near coal-burning power plants and anywhere with a large volume of vehicle traffic. Wood burning stoves, kerosene heaters and gas stoves also produce nitrogen oxides.
At room temperature, nitrogen dioxide can be colorless or brown and have a strong odor. When it's heated above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, nitrogen dioxide takes on a reddish-brown color. Nitric oxide has a colorless to brown tint and has a sweet odor. When nitrogen oxides mix with some other chemicals in the presence of sunlight, they can create ground-level ozone. Nitrogen oxides can cause acid rain that eventually enters lakes and streams. High levels of nitrogen are often responsible for an increase in algae and weeds.Learn more about Side Effects
Rain becomes acidic when it reacts with chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that have been released into the atmosphere. The major reason for the increase in the occurrence of acid rain is human activity, although environmental reactions also sometimes cause acid rain.Full Answer >
Harmful effects of fluoride include swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue and face, chest congestion, and trouble breathing, states Drugs.com. Taking high amounts of fluoride can result in problems with the nervous system and muscle weakness, according to WebMD. Low doses of fluoride cause no common side effects.Full Answer >
Aspartame has been linked to cancer, diabetes and fibromyalgia in the press. While science does not support a connection between aspartame and cancer, an Israeli study linked aspartame to higher blood sugar, and fibromyalgia sufferers are advised to avoid aspartame, state the American Cancer Society, the Guardian and About.com.Full Answer >
Harmful side effects of human growth hormone include nerve, muscle and joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness and tingling of the skin, and high cholesterol levels, states WebMD. HGH use can also contribute to the growth of cancerous tumors and increase the risk of diabetes.Full Answer >