1. Is ammonia testing used to detect or monitor ammonia poisoning?
No, it is not useful for this purpose. In most cases, ammonia acts locally, burning or irritating whatever it comes in contact with but, it does not usually act as a poison to the whole body. Concentrated commercial ammonia, in a liquid or vapour form, causes more severe burns than the more dilute liquid household ammonia, but both can cause damage to the eyes, skin, respiratory tract, and to the mouth, throat, and stomach if swallowed.
2. When increased ammonia levels have returned to normal, can they rise again?
It depends on why they were increased in the first place. If the condition was temporary it is likely that the ammonia levels will continue to be normal. If the condition is long lasting (chronic) it is possible that they will increase again and health status will likely need to be monitored.
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