What does fact checked mean?
At Healthfully, we strive to deliver objective content that is accurate and up-to-date. Our team periodically reviews articles in order to ensure content quality. The sources cited below consist of evidence from peer-reviewed journals, prominent medical organizations, academic associations, and government data.
The information contained on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a professional health care provider. Please check with the appropriate physician regarding health questions and concerns. Although we strive to deliver accurate and up-to-date information, no guarantee to that effect is made.
Weed killers, or herbicides, can be potentially dangerous to humans if they are inhaled or ingested. The chemicals that are especially dangerous include pyrethins, carbamates, organophospates and paradichlorobenzenes. They can also be irritating to the eyes and skin.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
They can also have adverse effects on the respiratory and nervous systems. Potentially, weed killer poisonings can be fatal if not treated promptly 1.
Pyrethrin Poisoning Symptoms
Pyrethin poisoning can cause breathing difficulties. Individuals exposed to pyrethrins often begin sneezing and coughing shortly after inhalation. If it gets on the skin, irritation can occur. The skin may become red and inflamed. The skin might itch or be painful. In large amounts pyrethrin poisoning can cause convulsions and lead to coma.
- Pyrethin poisoning can cause breathing difficulties.
- In large amounts pyrethrin poisoning can cause convulsions and lead to coma.
Carbamate or Organophosate Poisoning Symptoms
Burdock Root Side Effects
Initially, this type of poisoning can cause watery eyes and excess salivation. Breathing difficulties often occur.
Individuals affected by these poisons sometimes experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. In addition, the fingernails and lips can become blue. **The peerson might develop a headache and feel both dizzy and weak.
** They might also experience anxiety, convulsions and possibly slip into a coma. Organophosphate is especially dangerous because it can be easily absorbed through the skin and cause paralysis and death in a short period of time.
- Initially, this type of poisoning can cause watery eyes and excess salivation.
- The peerson might develop a headache and feel both dizzy and weak.
Paradichlorobenzene Poisoning Symptoms
This type of poisoning can also cause breathing problems and coughing. It can cause headaches, weakness and slurred speech. The inside of the mouth might have a burning sensation.
Nausea and abdominal pain can also occur. Vomiting and diarrhea sometimes follow.
- This type of poisoning can also cause breathing problems and coughing.
- Nausea and abdominal pain can also occur.
Possible Lasting Effects
Calcium Hydroxide Side Effects
A severe poisoning can lead to lasting effects that can cause serious problems over time. Some individuals experience recurring skin rashes. Others develop anemia or coagulation disorders.
Severe poisoning can lead to permanent paralysis or brain damage. Poison inhalation can lead to respiratory problems such as emphysema or asthma. Problems such as jaundice can affect the liver and kidney failure might possibly result.
- A severe poisoning can lead to lasting effects that can cause serious problems over time.
- Poison inhalation can lead to respiratory problems such as emphysema or asthma.
Wash the chemical off your face and eyes with water for a minimum of 15 minutes. Call for help if symptoms begin to occur. Either call 9-1-1 or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
If you are taken to the hospital, bring the weed killer container with you 1. Hospital treatment can include medications to address symptoms, IV fluids, skin washing and gastric lavage, which is a procedure used to wash out the interior of the stomach.
- Wash the chemical off your face and eyes with water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- If you are taken to the hospital, bring the weed killer container with you 1.
Burdock Root Side Effects
Calcium Hydroxide Side Effects
Harmful Effects of Xylene
Can Milk Thistle Cause Skin Rashes?
The Symptoms of Freon Exposure
Side Effects of Sodium Carbonate
The Effects of Inhaling Raid Ant & Roach Spray
How to Identify Signs of Mothball Poisoning
How Does Rat Poison Affect People?
Side Effects of Chicory Root Extract
- NIH.gov: Weed Killer Poisoning
- Unversity of Missouri: Weed Killer Poisoning
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Foodborne Illnesses and Germs.
- Cdc.gov. x. Burden of Foodborne Illness: Findings | Estimates of Foodborne Illness | CDC. Published 2018
- Cdc.gov.. Burden of Foodborne Illness: Findings | Estimates of Foodborne Illness | CDC. Published April 2019.
- Papaconstantinou HT, Thomas JS. Bacterial colitis. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2007;20(1):18–27. doi:10.1055/s-2007-970196
- Sobel J. Botulism. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;41(8):1167-73. doi:10.1086/444507
- Food Poisoning Symptoms. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published October 11, 2019.
- Bintsis T. Foodborne pathogens. AIMS Microbiol. 2017;3(3):529–563. Published 2017 Jun 29. doi:10.3934/microbiol.2017.3.529
- Chris A. Norwalk-like viruses: when the runs can slow you down [published correction appears in CMAJ. 2003 Feb 18;168(4):400]. CMAJ. 2003;168(1):64–65. PMID: 12515788
- Pinchuk IV, Beswick EJ, Reyes VE. Staphylococcal enterotoxins. Toxins (Basel). 2010;2(8):2177–2197. doi:10.3390/toxins2082177
- Humphries RM, Linscott AJ. Laboratory diagnosis of bacterial gastroenteritis. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2015;28(1):3–31. doi:10.1128/CMR.00073-14
- Dekker JP, Frank KM. Salmonella, Shigella, and yersinia. Clin Lab Med. 2015;35(2):225–246. doi:10.1016/j.cll.2015.02.002
- Arendt S, Rajagopal L, Strohbehn C, Stokes N, Meyer J, Mandernach S. Reporting of foodborne illness by U.S. consumers and healthcare professionals. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013;10(8):3684–3714. Published 2013 Aug 19. doi:10.3390/ijerph10083684
- FDA. Are You Storing Food Safely? U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Published June 4, 2016.
- Public Affairs. Recalls and Outbreaks. FoodSafety.gov. Published November 21, 2019.
- Lund BM. Microbiological Food Safety for Vulnerable People. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015;12(8):10117–10132. Published 2015 Aug 21. doi:10.3390/ijerph120810117
- Smith JK, Burns S, Cunningham S, Freeman J, McLellan A, McWilliam K. The hazards of honey: infantile botulism. BMJ Case Rep. 2010;2010:bcr0520103038. Published 2010 Sep 29. doi:10.1136/bcr.05.2010.3038
- Krugman's Infectious Diseases of Children, 11th edition. Philadelphia, PA: 2004.
Based in Laurel, Miss., Melody Morgan Hughes covers topics related to education, money and health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Education from William Carey University and a Master of Education from Nova Southeastern University.