Roundup, the household weed killer with the main ingredient glyphosate, may carry with it severe health risks. It is the most widely used pesticide in the U.S., often for tending gardens and yards, and often shows up in food. However, past cases show Roundup leading to many serious medical issues.
What health issues does Roundup cause?
The weed killer has hotly debated among health and environmental agencies, but some have found that it can be linked to cancer, including the World Health Organization (WHO). There are links between exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney disease and celiac disease.
Studies have also found that glyphosate exposure can be a leading factor to liver disease, birth defects, reproductive issues and disruption of endocrine systems and hormone levels.
Am I at risk for these Roundup health issues?
Typically, those who work outside and with plants are the most at risk for high levels of exposure to Roundup, including farmers, construction workers, landscapers and garden center workers. Those who use Roundup at home consistently may also be at risk for toxic exposure.
Toxic exposure to Roundup can happen through skin contact or through significant inhalation. Symptoms can include fevers, pain in the chest and stomach, swollen lymph nodes and loss of appetite.
If you believe that your health problems are from exposure heavy interaction with Roundup and glyphosate, it may be wise to talk to a doctor about what you are experiencing. Then, consider working with a personal injury lawyer to pursue help for the issue.