People can react to products that contain certain chemicals in different ways. Pesticides used on lawns or plants are an example of these products that can sometimes cause allergic reactions. “Pesticide products consist of two components: the active ingredients whose percentage is very small and the inert ingredients which account for the bulk of most products. The active ingredient is usually a single, highly purified component although it may be a combination of two or more pesticides. Usually, the inert ingredients consist of carriers such as petroleum distillates, but may contain other chemicals such as emulsifiers, conditioning agents or wetting agents. Their ability to irritate or sensitize is poorly understood. Some people react to the strong odor and irritating effect of petroleum distillates… The following list of common names of pesticides have been reported by scientists to be sensitizers in certain susceptible individuals: allidochlor, anilazine, antu, barban, benomyl, captafol, captan, dazomet, dichloropropane, dichloropropene, lindane, maneb, nitrofen, propachlor, pyrethrum/pyrethroids, rotenone, thiram, zineb.”
People can be effected by pesticides in different ways, they could experience acute effects, delayed effects, and allergic effects. Allergic effects may not occur after the first time a person is exposed to a pesticide, it may take multiple exposures before a person develops an allergic reaction to pesticide exposure. Allergic effects to pesticides include; eye irritation, nose irritation, sneezing, watery eyes, itchiness, skin irritation, rashes, blisters, open sores, asthma, and in serious cases life threatening shock.
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