Eye or skin irritation may occur immediately or shortly after handling atrazine.
Short-term, low-level exposure to atrazine is unlikely to cause health problems.
In general, a chemical will affect the same organ systems in all people who are exposed. However, the seriousness of the effects may vary from person to person. A person's reaction depends on several things, including individual health, heredity, previous exposure to chemicals including medicines, and personal habits such as smoking or drinking.
It’s also important to consider the length of exposure to the chemical, the amount of chemical exposure, and whether the chemical was inhaled, touched, or eaten.
The following health effects can occur after several years of exposure to atrazine:
Animal feeding studies indicate that exposure to high levels of atrazine over a long period of time causes tremors and heart and liver damage. However, these effects have not been seen in humans. Atrazine can cause a skin allergy. If an allergy develops, future contact with low levels of atrazine can cause itching and redness.
No specific medical test is recommended following brief, low-level exposures. High-level exposures may require medical treatment right away.
If a person continues to have symptoms after atrazine exposure is stopped, their physician should look for other toxic chemicals that may be causing the symptoms.
Seek medical advice if you have any symptoms that you think may be related to chemical exposure.