High ammonia levels do not just disrupt the water supply, but also pose grave damage to our health, if consumed. Any kind of exposure to ammonia, in a significantly high manner, whether through air or water consumption can be seriously impactful for our health, and lead to long-term health consequences as well.
Dr Dhir also warns that ammonia levels can act as a double threat- since it’s a serious neurotoxin and a lung toxin, meaning that upon exposure, it can inflict serious damage to the nervous system and cognitive functioning in the brain. Since ammonia can also be present in the air, it can further cause health problems, and cause symptoms of pollution. Once ingested or consumed through impure water sources or untreated water, it can permeate cell membranes, pass through the bloodstream and impact nervous functioning at the core level.
For people who suffer from extreme ammonia pollution, it could be possible to encounter symptoms like:
-Tingling, giddiness in the limbs
-Burning in the eyes or the mouth
-Increase chances of forgetfulness
-Decreased memory, attentiveness and coordination
-Inflammation and irritation in throat
When ammonia enters the body as a result of swallowing or skin contact, it can tend to react with water to produce ammonium hydroxide. This can eventually damage cells in the body on contact. The severity of health effects also depends on the route of exposure, the dose and the duration of exposure.