Ammonia Poisoning

Ammonia is a naturally occurring compound that can also be manufactured. When naturally occurring, it is present in decaying matter, but also in water, soil, and air. When manufactured, it is most often found in liquid form and has numerous industrial and household uses. It is commonly sold in liquid form and is a corrosive chemical.

Chemical Properties

The chemical formula for ammonia is NH3. It is a colorless gas with a distinctive, unpleasant odor. It is a source of nitrogen for the living world, however in large amounts it can be quite toxic.


There are numerous uses for manufactured ammonia:


High levels of ammonia can be extremely harmful to human health. Toxic effects include: