What Are the Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning?


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The most common, early symptoms of pesticide poisoning are headache, nausea, dizziness, sweating, salivation and tearing eyes, according to University of Missouri Extension. More serious, progressive symptoms include muscle twitching, tremor, weakness, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, blurred vision and lack of coordination. Organophosphate insecticides are the most likely pesticides to cause poisoning in humans since this class of chemicals is the most widely used for commercial applications.

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What Are the Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning?
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Penn State Extension reveals that pesticide poisoning symptoms range from mild skin irritation to coma or even death. Topical effects usually occur at the site of exposure. Dermatitis, or skin inflammation, is the most common symptom reported. Redness, blisters and rashes may develop on the skin. Symptoms of allergies to pesticides include itching of the skin, itchy eyes and respiratory discomfort. Systemic effects of pesticide poisoning are nausea, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.

Cornell University's Pesticide Safety Education Program explains that acute poisoning is usually severe, sudden and dramatic after exposure to a single does of pesticide. Chronic pesticide poisoning happens over several years and in many small, non-lethal doses. Symptoms of chronic poisoning include nervousness, irritability, slowed reflexes and a general decline in health. University of Missouri Extension reveals that there were more than 22,400 cases of pesticide poisoning in 1996. Of those cases, more than 15,000 were due to exposure in children.

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