Many pesticides such as Dichlorvos can be an effective way to control pests if directions and application procedures are followed correctly. However, excessive use of pesticides inside a dwelling can result in adverse affects in humans.
“SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS/ After inhalation of dichlorvos, breathing and eye effects are the first to appear. These include tightness of the chest, wheezing, a bluish discoloration of the skin, small pupils, aching in and behind the eyes, blurring of vision, tearing, runny nose, headache, and watering of the mouth. After /ingestion/ of dichlorvos, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea may appear within two hours. After skin absorption, sweating and twitching in the area of absorption may occur … within 15 minutes to four hours. With severe intoxication by all routes, in addition to all the symptoms /previously mentioned/, weakness, generalized twitching, and paralysis may /result/ and breathing may stop. In addition, dizziness, confusion, staggering, slurred speech, generalized sweating, irregular or slow heart beat, convulsions, and coma /may result/”
[Mackison, F. W., R. S. Stricoff, and L. J. Partridge, Jr. (eds.). NIOSH/OSHA – Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards. DHHS(NIOSH) Publication No. 81-123 (3 VOLS). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, Jan. 1981., p. 1] **PEER REVIEWED**
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