Common health consequences of oil spills

On Behalf of | May 2, 2022 | Personal Injury

Oil spills are a huge environmental concern in Massachusetts because of its expansive coastline. Not only do oil spills cause extensive damage to the environment, but they can also have serious health effects on people and animals. Here are some of the most common health effects of oil spills.

Liver damage

Oil spills can cause this problem in people and animals because the oil can contain harmful chemicals that can damage the liver. Some of these chemicals include benzene, toluene, and xylene. Symptoms of liver damage include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), nausea and vomiting, pain in the abdomen, fatigue and weight loss. If you think you or your pet has liver damage, it is important to see a doctor or veterinarian immediately.

Respiratory problems

Oil can release harmful chemicals into the air that people and animals can breathe in. These chemicals can irritate the lungs and make it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of respiratory problems include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Some of these symptoms can be life-threatening, so it is important to seek medical help if you or your pet is having any of them.

Skin problems

Oil can also irritate the skin and cause rashes, burns, and swelling. Other symptoms of skin problems that you can expect to see include itching, swelling and blisters.

Nervous system problems

Toluene and xylene have also been linked to nervous system damage. Some of the most common symptoms of nervous system problems are dizziness, headaches and seizures.

Reproductive problems

Oil spills from boating accidents and other sources can also contain harmful chemicals that can damage the reproductive organs and can cause increased infertility and miscarriages in populations affected by them.

Oil spills are a serious issue. it’s not right to just sit around and do nothing about it when you start developing some of these symptoms. Regardless of whether it’s boating accidents or otherwise, you should always seek medical help if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.


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