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Organophosphate Poisoning: Mild Exposure

Organophosphate poisoning can be short- or long-term.

It is usually due to the insecticides , fertilizers used on farms.

Symptoms can occur within several minutes or hours of exposure.

Mild exposure may cause:

  • narrowed, pinpointed pupils
  • impaired, blurry vision
  • stinging eyes
  • runny nose
  • watery eyes
  • excess saliva
  • glassy eyes
  • headache
  • nausea
  • muscle weakness
  • muscle twitching
  • agitation
  • very narrowed pupils
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • convulsions
  • excessive body secretions like- sweat, saliva, mucus,tears
  • irregular heartbeat
  • collapse
  • respiratory depression or arrest
  • coma


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Organophosphate Poisoning: Severe Exposure

Organophosphate poisoning can cause several serious complications. These include:

  • metabolic disorders, such as hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (excess sugar in urine)
  • diabetic ketoacidosis , in which your blood produces excess blood acids
  • pancreatitis , or inflammation of the pancreas
  • cancer
  • neurological problems, such as muscle weakness and twitching, poor concentration, poor memory, and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • fertility problems

Complications tend to become worse the longer and more intensely you are exposed to organophosphates.


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Organophosphate Poisoning: Risks and Steps to Cure

  1. Most people at-risk for unintentional organophosphate poisoning are who live or work on or near farms.
  2. Organophosphate poisoning can happen by consuming contaminated food or water.

The first goal of treating emergency cases is stabilization. Emergency care workers will:

  • decontaminate your body to prevent further exposure
  • stabilize your breathing
  • use intravenous fluids to flush your system of toxins

In non-emergency cases, supportive therapy will be used.

  • Close attention to breathing. As respiration is weakened by organophosphate exposure.


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Organophosphate Poisoning: Treatment & Drugs

  • Doctors may administer -
  1. Atropine to stabilize your breathing.
  2. Pralidoxime, which can help relieve neuromuscular problems.
  3. In severe cases, Benzodiazepine to prevent or stop seizures
  • If exposed to organophosphates in small doses and don’t need to be hospitalized,a low dose of atropine will be enough.
  • An injection of 10 mg diazepam is recommended for people exposed to chemical attacks of organophosphates.

Organophosphate poisoning is a serious medical condition. Long, high-intensity exposures are the most concerning.Seek emergency treatment immediately if severe signs of poisoning.


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