What Does Acute Effect Mean?
An acute effect is an adverse reaction in humans or animals when exposed to a harmful or toxic substance. The reaction can trigger severe symptom onset that often escalates quickly.
An acute effect is experienced right after exposure and presents with noticeable symptoms like skin rashes, itching, coughing, wheezing, or sneezing. Acute effects are short term and typically go away once exposure stops. Based on the nature of the exposure, the individual may experience overall malaise, serious injury, or on occasion, death after being exposed. Acute exposure is sometimes referred to as a short term effect.