There are many ways an individual can be exposed to chemical dangers and hazards. It is important for individuals who work near or may at some point be exposed to chemicals to be aware of what the dangers are. A list of these dangers is as follows:

* Ethylene glycol ether: A solvent used in heavy industry and during semiconductor chip manufacturing “clean rooms”.

* Pentachlorophenol (PCP): First used as a domestic pesticide, but use is now restricted as a preservative for wood. It is a potential carcinogen and may cause birth defects and respiratory complications.

* Chromated Copper Arsenate: Used for many of the same purposes of PCP. It contains high amounts of arsenic that is highly toxic to humans.

* Trichloroethylene: Used as a cleaning solvent. It is now in many groundwater supplies and soil. It can be inhaled or consumed with water, and may cause respiratory complications, nervous system problems, organ failure and death.

The most common ailments caused by some of the 400+ regulated hazardous substances include:

* Asthma – A respiratory disorder during which the chest constricts and sufferers find it difficult to breath. Asthma is often times caused by an allergic reaction.

* Pneumonitis – An inflammation of the lungs. Can be caused by a virus or an allergic reaction to aspirated vomitus, ingested gasoline or other petroleum distillates, ingested or skin adsorbed pesticides, gasses from electroplating, or other irritants. It manifests itself through fever, chills, dry cough, and inability to breath, constricted airways, and fatigue.

* Fibrosis – The unhealthy growth of scar tissue as a reaction to a stimulus or catalyst (usually a hazardous chemical). It is commonly located in the liver or lungs.

* Chronic Bronchitis – An obstructive pulmonary disease which, to be considered chronic, must occur for over three months to years in a row. Coughing and phlegm production are common symptoms.

* Cancer – Many hazardous chemicals are carcinogens in concentrated amounts, and can result in the uncontrolled abnormal growth of cells.

* Neuropathy – Degeneration of the nerves resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, swelling, and muscle weakness in various parts of the body.

* Parkinson’s syndrome – A central nervous system (CNS) difficulty characterized by resting tremor, muscle rigidity (including a mask-like face), slow motor movement, and a stooped, shuffling gait.

* Methemoglobinemia (met-H) – Is caused by a higher than normal occurrence of methemoglobin in the blood, it results in a difficulty of oxygen transport in blood. Being overexposed to nitrates usually results in what is known as Met-H.

* Anemia – A deficiency of red blood cells; symptoms include feeling tired, weak, and short of breath

* Dermatitis – Chronic inflammation causing swelling, pain, redness, itching, and cracking of the skin.

* Chloracne – An eruption of blackheads, cysts, and pustules, caused by the over-exposure to chlorine compounds such as halogenic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Burns – This usually occurs with the contact of acids and alkalies.

* Heavy metal poisoning – Examples are an over-exposure to substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium. This can occur as a reaction to substances that adversely affect the liver and kidney or heptotoxins and nephrotoxins.

* Birth Defects – Including hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida and Anencephaly.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon – This phenomenon is also a disorder that can adversely affect the blood vessels in several appendages such as the nose, toes, ears and fingers. The disorder is characterized by episodic attacks, called vasospastic attacks that cause the blood vessels in the digits (fingers and toes) to constrict (narrow) and cause feelings of coolness and numbness. Raynaud’s can occur on its own, or it can be secondary to another condition such as scleroderma or lupus.

It is imperative for individuals to know the results both physically and mentally that are caused by overexposure to chemicals that may be harmful. The irreversible damage caused by high concentrations of particular substances can be life threatening, and individuals should be well informed of the risks.

6 thoughts on “The Dilemma Of Chemical Exposure

  1. sparxx80

    Need advice desperateley?
    Hello..I’m female and 30 yrs old..I fell ill at 21 and was diagnosed 2yrs later as having a borderline lyme test and systemic disease..major neurological symptoms..brain fog..raynaueds..horrible headaches like never onset siezure activity and a brain spect scan consistent with severe neuro lyme or severe cns lupus..up til now my lupus tests negative…been seeing a reumatologist internist who is a lyme speciast..recently have develped alopecia..severe joint bone pain my sed rate has been up for months now which is new and elevated platelets for yrs..have been told protein was found in urine on 2 occasions haven’t done a urinalysis dr said based on my recent elevated sed rate and high platelets and supposidly some abnormality on autoimmune panel was pos..the nurse that called and told me was sweet but when I asked her if she knew what autoimmine disease it was she wasn’t really givin me a straight answer..dr called in methltrexate which scares me…very potent drug…reumatiod arthritis neg, thyroid neg, seems all the peices are adding up to lupus???any1 have any thoughts..I see her again in 2 weeks..wish I knew now being sick 9 yrs without a dr lookin me in the face with a straight up answer is hell on earth…any input..with my abnormal brainscans and abnormal bloodwork as well as clinical findings and symptoms…do you think she’s barking up the wrong tree still treating the lyme when most likely infection is gone and per her suggestion has triggered an autoimmune disease most fitting…lupus???

    1. T

      I agree with everyone here. Lyme disease can have over 100 different symptoms, and can attack ANY part of the body, and when it crosses into the brain you can have several issues including seizures and anxiety problems. How are you being treated? The first thing you will want to do is get on high dose anti biotics. They may not kill the infection completely, but will kill lots of bacteria and therefor lower the bacteria load. Then you may try herbal treatments along with the pharmaceutical drugs, such as Cats claw, Banderol, Cumanda, Grapefruit seed extract, Salt/Vitamin C, Serrapeptase, and astaxanthin.

      Believe me, I got diagnosed in june with lyme disease, have had it 5 years. I am feeling 75% better after antibiotic treatment so far. Get yourself a LLMD first, they will treat you based on your symptoms, NOT your blood work.

      Watch the movie “Under Our Skin” and you will totally be in awe.

  2. bluesavgirl

    has anyone been diagnosed or know about CNS hypersensitivity?
    several symptoms were suggested to be connected, such as: IBS, migraines, Raynauds, Lupus, Sjogrens, reactions to antibiotics for certain bacterial infections, and viruses, dry eyes, Rheumatoid artheritis, dry mouth, stomatitis, heart palpitations.

    1. 13th Floor

      I think you are referring to ‘Dysautonomia’ a condition in which I have been diagnosed with. Type the word into your search engine, and a variety of websites will pop-up with useful information.

  3. Rissa Pr

    Dementia in a 27 year old possible?
    II have been having progressive neurological symptoms for 1 year. It started with a stiff neck and fatigue with blurry vision, then slowly progressed to memory loss severe progressive disorientation. Getting lost in familiar places and not recognizing familiar things. I have flu like symptoms that fluctuate with fever and sleep 10 to 12 hours from fatigue a day. I also rash a lot throughout my body. All blood test with the infectious disease drs wS negative and MRI of brain and spine was normal. I am out of options and symptoms are getting worse. Should I get a spinal tap?could have lupus even with negative bloodwork? Or an infectious bacteria that crossed into the cns? That is only detected through a tap? Any thoughts ?

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