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What Are the Dangers of Sodium Silicate?

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author image Jennifer Hartford
Jennifer Hartford began writing for the public in 2006. She has been published in "The Hospital News" and "The Midland Mirror." She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Athabasca University.
What Are the Dangers of Sodium Silicate?
There are Several Dangers of Sodium Silicate. Photo Credit Choreograph/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Sodium silicate is a chemical compound found in household cleaning products and pesticides. It is also a common ingredient used in fertilizers and is one of the ingredients in Cascade dish soap. Sodium silicate must be handled carefully because it has several hazardous effects on the body.

Inhalation

Inhaling sodium silicate can cause severe irritation of mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract. Large concentrations of this compound can cause permanent lung damage. Symptoms that can occur include difficulty breathing, a burning sensation in the throat and chest, and headache.

Ingestion

If swallowed, sodium silicate is a strong alkaline irritant that can cause burns to all parts of the digestive system from the lips and mouth to the stomach. This irritation will cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases, swallowing the material may cause burns to the upper airway as well.

Skin and Eyes

Exposure to the skin will cause a chemical burn resulting in severe redness, itching and pain. The burn can range from mild to a full-thickness burn. Contact with the eyes will cause intense burning and pain. Possible damage to the eye tissues can occur.

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