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Formaldehyde Poisoning Symptoms

By on April 28, 2010

Formaldehyde is undoubtedly a very risky and dangerous chemical, which one can find in various products used up in industries. It is inflammable and colorless. Being highly poisonous in nature, it can even cause the death of a person. It is prepared by the oxidation of menthol and is known as methanol. Methanol, phenol formaldehyde, methylene oxide, oxymethyline, urea, methyladehyde all contains this dangerous chemical. The various examples of products containing formaldehyde or its form are mouthwashes, household antiseptics, dyes, glues, air fresheners, carpet cleaners, hair conditioners, paint, shampoos, plastics, adhesives and other pharmaceutical products.

Formaldehyde toxicity, formalin intoxication, formaldehyde exposure and formalin toxicity are some of the names given to formaldehyde poisoning. People who use above products or remain exposed to formaldehyde for longer hours get badly affected and acquire the symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning. Before using formaldehyde gas, it is very important to follow certain precautionary measures to protect yourself from ill effects of this harmful chemical.

The various signs and symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning are irritation in eyes, nose, and throat. It can even cause headache and skin injuries. If formaldehyde gas is being swallowed via mouth, it can cause burning sensations in your stomach and oesophagus. Inhalation of this poisonous gas can result into tightness in chest, nausea, wheezing, and skin rash. Asthmatic person are the worst victims of this gas as it increases the chances of asthmatic attacks in person. Since children do not have proper and well-developed immune system, prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause serious complications in them.

Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can also lead to asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory ailments in body. Keep in mind that formaldehyde is a carcinogen, therefore inhalation or regular exposure to this poisonous gas can lead to development of lung cancer and brain cancer in body. It is very sad to reveal that in severe cases, the person may suffer from coma or even death.

To protect yourself from formaldehyde poisoning, one should use household products safely and securely. They should be kept away from children’s reach. People working industries should use masks and take safety precautions to protect from ill effects of this harmful gas.

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