Ammonia gas is worse if high exposure occurs, although the effects of both are undesirable. When chlorine enters the body, it creates acids that are corrosive and harm the cells. It has effects that include wheezing, sore throat, coughing, skin and eye irritation. If someone inhales high levels of chlorine, he can suffer from pulmonary edema. When ammonia enters the body, it creates ammonia hydroxide, which is also corrosive. The effects can be similar to chlorine—coughing, eye and skin irritation—but also much worse, including burning of the throat, eyes, nose, chest, and even blindness, lung damage and death.
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