Ortho Home Defense Max: Bifenthrin Toxicity Causing Symptoms? « on: March 1, 2015, 10:31:31 pm »
I’m wondering if any of my symptoms, especially the itchy, burning face, the early waking and the morning anxiety, might be caused by exposure to pesticides. Over the past few years I’ve frequently sprayed bifenthrin-based Ortho Home Defense Max around the house because I was constantly getting what I thought were bug bites on my hands and arms. My doctor thought they were benzo-bug-bites, totally imaginary. I’m still not sure. Maybe rats? we’ve had a lot of rats in our wall. I thought I saw them but not so sure now. In any case, there’s been a whole lotta bifenthrin sprayed around my home, especially in the bedrooms. I mean a lot. So I wonder.
I’ve read on RightDiagnosis.com that symptoms of bifenthrin toxicity include:
- Burning facial sensation
- Itchy face sensation
- Tingling face sensation
- Skin irritation
all of which I’ve had, in spades. Of course, I’ve only had the facial sensations since January 2014, while I’ve been spraying the insecticide since 2010. But maybe the toxins build up and the effects are cululative. The Wikipedia article on bifenthrin adds these toxicity symptoms:
hypersensitivity for touch and sound and irritation of the skin and the eyes.
I’ve had a lot of that during the past couple years.
I don’t see anxiety listed as a toxicity symptom, though I’m sure it could be one, since bifenthrin is a pyrethroid, and pyrethroids act on the nervous system. But they are supposed to be relatively nontoxic for humans and other mammals, which is why they’re used in flea and lice shampoos and lotions like Nix and Rid – which I’ve used during the past couple years, to get rid of the “bugs”.
Has anyone here had any direct experience with pyrethroid toxicity, specifically from bifenthrin? Just wondering if that’s at all relevant to my remaining symptoms. I’m 23 months off and I never expected to be having such symptoms at this late date, so I’m looking around for other possible causes.