There’s no doubt that the benefits of pesticides are well recognized, as they provide protection for much of today’s food supply, while controlling certain diseases. As such, pesticides (or a mix of several) are used to destroy or mitigate pests such as insects, rodents, fungi and weeds. While their usage remains widespread across the U.S. for both occupational and conventional purposes, no form of pest control using pesticides is perfectly safe, as explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When surveying and assessing the onset of illness and/or injury related to pesticide exposure, public health agencies compile this data to better understand and thus lessen the risks associated with exposure to the pesticides. From the beginning, pesticide products undergo extensive testing before being registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. The testing provides critical information as to how (and in what conditions) the pesticides can be safely used, which becomes the basis for labeling the product. The idea is that as long as individuals and companies comply with the product’s label and usage, this will prevent unreasonable adverse effects to their health. Even so, the reality is that health effects occur despite careful labeling and proper usage of pesticides.
Acute effects (within 48 hours) of pesticide exposure might include:
- Sore throat or cough, leading to respiratory tract irritation
- Eye and skin irritation
- Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Loss of consciousness
- Weakness, Seizures, Convulsions or Death
It’s important to understand that in some instances, a single exposure to toxic pesticides can result in the above-mentioned effects. In turn, long-term exposure has been linked to depression and anxiety, ADHD, asthma, muscle atrophy, kidney damage, Parkinson’s disease and certain cancers (leukemia and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma).
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