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Types of Toxic Exposure

Types of Toxic Exposure

Toxicity is the degree to which a chemical substance can damage an organism. In most cases, people have the reasonable expectation that they are safe from most types of toxic chemicals or substances. While some toxins are relatively mild, others can cause severe allergic reactions, corrosive damage, or cancer growth in individuals. The following are some common types of toxins many people should be aware of.

Black Mold

Black mold (S. chartarum) is a type of mold that can grow in places with poor indoor air quality that arises after fungal growth on water-damaged building materials. While the mold itself isn’t toxic, it can produce mycotoxins, which can cause breathing problems, such as upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing. Some toxigenic molds can even cause pulmonary hemorrhage and memory loss.


Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals that used to be widely used as insulation in many edifices built before the 1970s. However, it has been linked for quite a long time to the development of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining around various organs. The most common type of mesothelioma affects the lungs, but it has also been found in the abdomen, heart, and testes.

Talc / Talcum Powder

Talc is a clay mineral used to make baby powder. It was marketed by Johnson & Johnson for the use in keeping the genital area drier and “cleaner.” However, the mineral is frequently located in underground deposits with asbestos ore, which has been linked to the development of ovarian cancer in women who used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder on their genitals. Stringent quality control since the 1970s has eliminated this issue, but it remains a potential hazard for those who mine it.


Benzene is a type of organic chemical compound present in many petrochemicals. It is a natural constituent of crude oil, and it can often be inhaled when pumping gas into a vehicle. It is a known carcinogen, so it can increase people’s risk of developing cancer after exposure. People who encounter a lot of it can develop blood disorders, bone marrow abnormalities, and cardiovascular disease.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to dangerous toxins, talk to one of our skilled Greenville personal injury attorneys about your case as soon as possible. Christian & Christian has more than 95 years of combined legal experience to offer your case. Let us see what we can do for you.

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