Nitrate Exposure: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Nitrates are predominantly used as fertilizer. Unfortunately, nitrates have a tendency to migrate into groundwater as they do not bind to soil and are extremely soluble. Excessive levels of nitrates in drinking water may cause serious illness and death. Infants are most susceptible to nitrate toxicity. "Blue Baby Syndrome" can occur when the infant's conversion of nitrate to nitrite interferes with the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Symptoms of Blue Baby Syndrome include, but may not be limited to, shortness of breath and bluish colored skin. Long-term exposure to nitrates may cause diuresis and hemorrhaging of the spleen.

See a doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of nitrate 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. Blue Baby Syndrome: Overview
  3. Breathing: Overview
  4. Cyanosis: Overview
  5. Skin Disorders: Overview
  6. Spleen Disorders
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