The health effect of Ethylbenzene and how should we do if we exposed to Ethylbenzene


What Are The Health Effects of Ethylbenzene?

Ethylbenzene is classified as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), but not by the EPA.3EPA has classified ethylbenzene as a Group D, not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity.

Acute (short-term) exposure to ethylbenzene in humans results in respiratory effects, such as throat irritation and chest constriction, irritation of the eyes, and neurological effects such as dizziness.3Chronic (long-term) exposure to ethylbenzene by inhalation in humans may cause liver and kidney damage.

There are no studies evaluating the effects of ethylbenzene exposure on children or immature animals. It is likely that children would have the same health effects as adults. Scientists do not know whether children would be more sensitive than adults to the effects of ethylbenzene.

Scientists do not know if ethylbenzene will cause birth defects in humans. Minor birth defects and low birth weight have occurred in newborn animals whose mothers were exposed to ethylbenzene in the air during pregnancy.

How Can I Tell If I Have Been Exposed to Ethylbenzene?

Ethylbenzene is found in the blood, urine, breath, and some body tissues of exposed people. The most common way to test for ethylbenzene is in the urine.4This test measures substances formed by the breakdown of ethylbenzene. Because these substances leave the body very quickly, this test needs to be done within a few hours after exposure occurs.4 These tests can show you were exposed to ethylbenzene, but cannot predict the kind of health effects that might occur