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Dizziness or Headaches
Solvents, paint, ozone, and smoke can all go to your head (literally) and cause a number of issues like dizziness and headaches. Try not to shrug these side effects off as the result of a late night or a long week. Prolonged headaches or headaches that seem to get worse, especially when paired with dizziness, may mean that you have been, or are, exposed to toxic chemicals.
Sneezing, Coughing, or Sore Throat
When breathing in toxins, you will likely experience sneezing, coughing, or a sore throat. Smoke, ozone, solvents, various dusts, vapors, and fumes from paint and cleaners are just a few of the common causes of these symptoms. Keep an eye out for a sore throat that doesn’t seem to leave, or gets worse when you are in a certain area.
Nausea, Vomiting, Stomachache, and Diarrhea
Some metal fumes, solvents, pain vapors, and long-term lead exposure can begin to wreak havoc on your GI tract, leading to nausea, vomiting, a painful stomach ache, and diarrhea. The longer the exposure lasts, the greater the damage. Pay attention to how your body responds and seek medical attention right away.
Redness, Dryness, Rash, or Itching Skin
Redness, rashes, and blistering skin are likely due to a class of toxic chemicals called blister agents or more common causes like solvents, chromium, nickel, detergents and cleaners, and paint on skin. Toxic chemicals that your skin negatively reacts to gives you a sometimes immediate visual that your body is responding to the foreign substance, and that you should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Nearly 400,000 9/11 first responders, residents, workers, and others were exposed to caustic dust (pH of 11) and toxic pollutants in the dust and debris cloud. Many people were exposed to this cloud through respiration, ingestion, or skin absorption. The injuries lead to enduring diagnosis of asthma, chronic nasopharyngitis, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome, and sometimes to fibrosis and granulomas. If you or a family member was injured from the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center, give The Marcowitz Law Firm in New York a call today. You may be eligible for the Victim Compensation Fund.