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Everything You Need To Know About Tear Gas And Its Aftermath

You would have heard about tear gas recently on the news when the Ferguson police used clouds of tear gas to fill up the streets so as to combat with the violent protestors. Tear gases, in general, are something that militaries have been messing around since World War I. They have been widely used as a chemical weapon in warfare through most of the 20th century and are still used for controlling domestic riots.

Well, despite frequent use of tear gas sprays in Egypt, Turkey and other countries, only limited people know the lethal effects of it.
So, to throw a light on the repercussions of tear gas, we have jotted down some of the harmful effects that one can experience after getting exposed to the tear gas.

Everything You Need To Know About Tear Gas And Its
Aftermath

Everything You Need To Know About Tear Gas And Its Aftermath

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What is tear gas?

What is tear gas?

Before giving a start to the effects of tear gas,let us know about tear gas. Basically, tear gas is a chemical agent or lachrymator which causes a stinging sensation and further tears.

It acts as a nerve agent that switches pain receptors.

It acts as a nerve agent that switches pain receptors.

However, tear gas stimulates the production of tears.

If a person gets exposed to tear gas, he/she experiences problems like-

If a person gets exposed to tear gas, he/she experiences
problems like-

Sneezing, coughing, difficulty in breathing, burning, stinging sensations and increased nasal secretions.

The most common symptom is secretion of tears in eyes.

The most common symptom is secretion of tears in eyes.

The tear gas causes an irritating pain in eyes that result in secretion of tears.

Tightness in chest and reduced respiratory capacity.

Tightness in chest and reduced respiratory capacity.

The person exposed to tear gas experiences intense tightness in the chest and the person becomes prone to serious injury.

At higher concentrations, it has further harmful effects on the body.

At higher concentrations, it has further harmful effects on the body.

It can include stomach irritation, vomiting, retching and diarrhea.

 Long-term effects of tear gas exposure.

 Long-term effects of
tear gas exposure.

Tear gas exposed individuals experience severe long-term outcomes like severe inflammation that can take weeks to recover and can also cause chemical burns to the skin.

So, now you know the chemical and harmful effects of tear gas!

So, now you know the chemical and harmful effects of tear
gas!

Hope this knowledge helps you.

Watch out how tear gas could affect your body.

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