Modified on 2009/10/14 21:41 by admin
Ammonia is a colorless gas that has a strong and distinctive odor. Ammonia is used in many products including, but not limited to, cleaning supplies, fertilizers, plastics, dyes, and pesticides.

Ammonia is a corrosive substance; as such, exposure to ammonia can burn the nose, mouth and throat. Ammonia exposure can also result in headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, wheezing and a muted sense of smell. Additionally, long-term or high volume exposure to ammonia can severely irritate the lungs causing a condition known as pulmonary edema in which fluid accumulates in the lungs, causing extreme shortness of breath. Pulmonary edema is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate medical treatment. Long-term exposure can also cause bronchitis and chronic irritation of the eyes.

Ammonia exposure most often occurs in the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health recommends that anyone working with ammonia wear impervious gloves, face shields and other protective clothing to prevent contact with the gas.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of ammonia 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.

See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Blindness
  3. Breathing: Overview
  4. Bronchitis: Overview
  5. Burns: Overview
  6. Ear, Nose, & Throat Disorders
  7. Eye Disorders
  8. Fatigue: Overview
  9. Frostbite: Overview
  10. Headaches
  11. Nausea: Overview
  12. Pulmonary Edema: Overview
  13. Skin Disorders: Overview
  14. Ammonia: Frequently Asked Questions
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