Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes
, burning sensations in the eyes and throat
, and difficulty in breathing
in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma
. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. The substance has also been shown to cause cancer
in animals and may cause cancer in humans.
In 2007 the House Oversight Committee launched a review into the Federal Emergency Management Authority's use of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers provided to Katrina evacuees. Trailers
allegedly contained toxic levels of formaldehyde, and FEMA general counsel apparently told subordinates to soft-pedal illness claims.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of formaldehyde exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Injury from Toxic & Hazardous Substances
- Asthma: Overview
- Breathing: Overview
- Ear, Nose, & Throat Disorders
- Eye Disorders
- Nausea: Overview