Northern New England Poison Center
National Pesticide Information Center
There's no one symptom of pesticide poisoning. Signs can range from mild flu-like symptoms to death. Different pesticides produce different symptoms. All require prompt medical attention.
- irritation or allergic reaction to skin (redness, swelling or blistering)
- stinging, swelling or burning of eyes, nose, mouth and throat
- lungs: shortness of breath, dizziness or rapid breathing
- gastrointestinal: nausea, vomiting, cramps or diarrhea
- nervous system: dizziness, fatigue, blurry vision, dilated pupils, sleepiness, headache, muscle twitching or loss of sensation
What to do
- immediately stop exposure to the pesticide
- get victim or self into the fresh air and give first aid as cited on the pesticide label's Precautionary Statement
- contact your physician, nearest hospital or Maine's Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222); have pesticide label handy when calling
See Pesticide Spills, if you've had an accident while mixing or handling a pesticide.
See Complaints, if you would like to report pesticide misuse.