WHY TEARGAS CAN BE LETHAL AND FATAL IF NOT AVOIDED.
Teargas especially in Kenya has been the most common currency especially when police law enforcement trade with local citizen protesters during demonstrations, also known as “Maandamano”.
In our country Kenya it is legal, however believed to have adverse effects no wonder internationally it is condemned in war.
Teargas is quite harmful to children and equally has long term effects on the general population.
A case of the 4 month old baby, Precious Mongina, dying after inhale ng teargas in Kibera, is just one out of the many sad eventualities with the lethal powder.
The kids are quite vulnerable due to the psychological effects of the gas because this is a chemical agent that causes the eye, nose and throat irritation together with inflammation.
According to medics Teargas is a lucrimator agent.
When lobbed and the particles disposed in the air, the gas tends to irritate the mucus membranes. Eventually the eyes, nose, throat and the mouth area are affected with significant inhalation of the gas.
Depending on age, health and underlying medical conditions, teargas can affect individuals differently.
It is potentially lethal if thrown indoors. Teargas can also cause thermal burns in the throat. It irritates the airways and tightens the chest.
Lack of breath by inhaling the gas means exposure to bronchospasms which is wheezing due to insufficient breath.
Respiratory failure due to pre existing respiratory conditions are also likely to meet the victim.
To asthma cases, asthma is even more lethal especially to those with chronic obstructive pulmonary desease.
Glaucoma and cataracts can also be acquired from teargas after exposure.