Acute & Chronic Poisoning Affects

The affects of poison on the human body can be devastating. Whether it is the result of a snake bite, plant poisoning or a drug overdose, the affects can be two-fold. First and foremost, there are the acute implications to think of, which are the early and obvious symptoms that arise if you have been poisoned. These may include nausea or diarrhoea. Then, there are the chronic affects that need to be considered, also known as delayed health affects. These are often more problematic in the long run, and can include conditions such as cancer. This segment will explore both the acute and chronic implications of poisoning.

Acute poisoning affects

The acute affects of poisoning are relatively instantaneous, dependant on the type of poisoning and the dosage. If you have been bitten by a snake, for example, then the symptoms will start to become apparent within a few hours, and can become fatal. Typical symptoms you will experience during this stage include:

  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Sweating.
  • Irritation.
  • Swelling.
  • Affect metabolism.
  • Respiratory difficulties.
  • Seizures.
  • Dizziness.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Pain.
  • Possible death.
  • Instigate other medical problems such as asthma.

The acute implications of poisoning can seem quite dramatic and fear inducing, but if dealt with accordingly, can be combated for the most part. There are even anti-venoms available to combat a snake bite, though there is still much work needed in this area. If you believe you have been poisoned, and are experiencing any of the symptoms above, then you should consider it a medical emergency.

Chronic poisoning affects

The chronic affects of poisoning can be just as devastating as early implications. The main problem with chronic symptoms is that it can take time for them to become apparent, and then, when you do notice them, it is too late to do anything about them. The typical symptoms and conditions that you may develop over time due to poison include:

  • Cancer.
  • Damage to kidneys.
  • Damage to the brain.
  • Damage to other organs.
  • Affect an unborn child.

Delayed health affects due to poisoning is something that should not be forgotten. Even if you are no longer suffering from any of the acute health problems, you should consider seeking medical attention to check that no other problems will develop. Leaving a medical check until it is too late can leave you with no option but to live with a medical condition.