Dispersants: Human Health
The best way to prevent illness is to prevent exposure. Pathways of exposure include inhalation, ingestion and absorption through the skin or eyes.
Human health impacts include:
- Abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Allergic reactions.
- Skin irritation, damage and sensitization.
- Eye, nose, throat and lung irritation.
- Respiratory system damage, decreased lung function, rapid or difficulty breathing and asthma attacks.
- Increased severity of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
- Cardiovascular damage, cardiac arrhythmia, and chest pain and tightness.
- Damage to liver and kidneys.
- Central nervous system depression and neurotoxic effects.
- Damage to red blood cells.
- Immune system damage.
- Genetic damage and mutations.
- Reproductive and developmental damage.
Thank you to Wilma Subra, of the Subra Company, for her invaluable input and research.