Toxins are poisonous substances produced by living cells or organisms or by artificial methods, which can include chemicals produced as industrial waste, vehicle emissions, or the decay of certain compounds.
Toxins that get produced by living bacteria or defective cells can have the effect of paralyzing or even killing a life process and in the human body can cause the following:
Toxic dilation of the colon occurs as a complication in terms of inflammatory bowel or ulcerative colitis. Symptoms can include abdominal pain and tenderness, dehydration, fever and a rapid heart rate.
Toxic kidney injury can be caused by exposure to lead, cleaning substances such as solvents, fuels, long term usage of pain killing drugs and alcohol. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, backache, drowsiness, blood laced urine, nausea and pale skin.
Toxic Hepatitis can be drug related and causes malfunction in the liver. It has been linked to the use of NSAIDs and antidepressants, birth control pills, erythromycin, anabolic steroids, amiodarone and isoniazid. Side effects include diarrhoea, jaundice, loss of appetite and fatigue.
Toxic shock syndrome and nodal goitre are also possible effects of toxic medication.
Other sources of toxins
Insects and regular organisms are also known to produce toxins, known as bio-toxins, which are mostly classified as mild.These include spiders, snakes, jellyfish, scorpions and wasps, which produce toxins in a predatory capacity, and bees, ants and frogs which use toxins defensively.