Most people are exposed to atrazine when they manufacture, distribute, mix, or use the herbicide. People who live in rural areas may be exposed to low levels through their drinking water.
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.
Rural residents may inhale dust or mists during field applications of atrazine. If their water supply is contaminated, they could breathe atrazine as they cook, bathe, or do laundry.
People who have contaminated drinking water may be exposed to low levels of atrazine. Some low-level exposure to atrazine may occur when treated crops are eaten or handled. Topsoil may contain traces of atrazine for several months after field applications of atrazine. People who handle contaminated soil could ingest traces of the herbicide if they eat or touch their mouths with dirty hands.
Atrazine is not readily absorbed through the skin.