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Environmental Health Problems

Key Signs and Symptoms

Health Problems Caused By Heavy Metals, Airborne Lead and Mercury Vapor

Key Signs / Symptoms of Lead Poisoning...

in Adults:

  • Gastrointestinal discomfort / constipation I anorexia
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Personality changes
  • Headache
  • Hearing loss
  • Tremor, lack of coordination

and in Infants and Small Children:

  • irritability
  • abdominal pain
  • ataxia
  • seizures I loss of consciousness
  • (chronic) learning deficits
  • hyperactivity, reduced attention span

Key Signs / Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning

  • Muscle cramps or tremors
  • Headache
  • Tachycardia
  • Intermittent fever
  • Acrodynia
  • Personality change
  • Neurological dysfunction

Health Problems Related To Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Key Signs / Symptoms...

in Adults:

  • rhinitis / pharyngitis
  • nasal congestion
  • persistent cough
  • conjunctival irritation
  • headache
  • wheezing (bronchial constriction)
  • exacerbation of chronic respiratory conditions

and in Infants and Children

  • asthma onset
  • increased severity of, or difficulty in controlling, asthma
  • frequent upper respirators infections and / or episodes of otitis media
  • persistent middle-ear effusion
  • snoring
  • repeated pneumonia, bronchitis

Health Problems Caused By Animal Dander, Molds, Dust Mites, Other Biologicals

Key Signs / Symptoms

  • recognized infectious disease
  • exacerbation of asthma
  • rhinitis
  • conjunctival inflammation
  • recurrent fever
  • malaise
  • dyspnea
  • chest tightness
  • cough

Health Problems Caused By Carbon Monoxide, Other Combustion Products (Stoves. Space Heaters, Furnaces, Fireplaces)

Key Signs / Symptoms

  • Dizziness or headache
  • Confusion
  • Nausea / emisis
  • Fatigue
  • Tachycardia
  • Eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
  • Wheezing / bronchial constriction
  • Persistent cough
  • Elevated blood carboxyhernoglobin levels
  • Increased frequency of angina in persons with coronary heart disease

Health Problems Caused By Volatile Organic Compounds
(Formaldehyde, Pesticides, Solvents. Cleaning Agents)

Key Signs / Symptoms

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose, throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea / emesis
  • epistaxis (formaldehyde)
  • fatigue
  • dizziness


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