First Aid for Pesticide Exposure
A sign warning people to keep out of an area due to the danger of pesticides
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Pesticide Exposure


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Fishel, Frederick M. 2016. “First Aid for Pesticide Exposure: PI256/PI256, 12/2015”. EDIS 2016 (1). Gainesville, FL:5.


Pesticide poisoning is a commonly under-diagnosed illness. This 5-page fact sheet describes how to recognize the early symptoms of pesticide exposure and provide basic first aid for the treatment of victims. It explains how to provide initial treatment in the case of pesticide exposure on the skin, in the eye, through inhalation, and in the mouth or swallowed. Written by Frederick M. Fishel, and published by the Agronomy Department, December 2015.

PI256/PI256: First Aid for Pesticide Exposure (
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Fishel, F.M. 2009. Pesticides and Cholinesterase. PI221. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Accessed September 2015.

Florida Poison Information Center: 1-800-222-1222. (accessed September 2015)

National Pesticide Information Center: 1-800-858-7378. (accessed September 2015)

United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs. 2013. Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings. 6th edition.