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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning

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How do pesticides enter the body?

Oral Exposure: From the intake or absorption of a pesticide through the mouth.

Inhalation Exposure: From breathing in pesticide vapors, dust, or spray particles.

Dermal Exposure: From the absorption of a pesticide into the skin.

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Symptoms Associated with Pesticide Poisoning

Early symptoms include: fatigue, headache, nausea, and dizziness
Severe symptoms include: sweating, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and blurred vision

• Pesticide poisoning symptoms may be similar to other illnesses caused by heat exhaustion, food poisoning, asthma, or infectious disease. The pattern of symptoms is important in diagnosing the cause.
• DO NOT allow yourself or anyone else to become dangerously ill before seeking medical assistance. It is better to be too cautious than too late!

Treatment Of Pesticide Poisoning

• Contact your local emergency room, hospital, or ambulance.
• Read the product label for first aid instructions.
• DO NOT assume that you should induce vomiting; read the label first.
• Give the product label and any vomitous to the doctor to aid in diagnosing the problem.

Urbana, Illinois
August, 1996

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June, 1914, in cooperation with the U. S. Department of agriculture. DENNIS R. CAMPION, Interim Director, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illinois Cooperative Extension Service provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. The information provided in this publication is for educational purposes only. References to commercial products or trade names do not constitute an endorsement by the University of Illinois and does not imply discrimination against other similar products.

Prepared by Bruce Paulsrud, Extension Specialist. Department of Crop Sciences.