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- Feb 09 2017
Can Insecticides can cause allergies
Insecticides can rarely be proved to cause allergic problems, although this is not unlikely as they are found everywhere in the environment. Unfortunately there are no pictures, so we only have her word for it, but this middle-aged lady who bought a new caravan is the most convincing.
She and developed gross swellings on one or other side of the face on holiday for which she blamed the new caravan, but eventually noticed that the swelling of the face was related to the proximity of a block of insecticide she had hung near her cooking stove.
If she hung it on her left the left side of the face swelled up, and on the right the right swelled up, so even a few feet away there were enough molecules of insecticide to cause this reaction.
The significance of this sort of anecdote is very difficult to assess, but less extreme examples probably do occur without being recognised. Unfortunately she was unwilling to undergo a re-exposure so that photographic evidence could to be obtained.
An insecticide is a substance used to kill insects. They include ovicides and larvicides used against insect eggs and larvae, respectively. Insecticides are used in agriculture, medicine, industry and by consumers. Insecticides are claimed to be a major factor behind the increase in agricultural 20th century's productivity. Nearly all insecticides have the potential to significantly alter ecosystems; many are toxic to humans; some concentrate along the food chain
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