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how bad is it if you inhale a moderate amount of burning plastic fumes what can happen

A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not a good idea: When plastic burns, there are likely a number of chemicals that are released. It is likely that these chemicals are not good to breathe and inhale int ... Read More
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
31 years experience Cardiology
Bad: It depends on how much in distress or how short of breath you are -- you probably should go to a pulmonologist and get a pulmonary function test and a ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
40 years experience Radiology
Burning nylon: Don't do it again. Fumes from burning nylon probably didn't do your liver any favors, but overall it will handle it OK, if this is the only insult. T ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Burning plastic can: be carcinogenic, cancer causing. The small amount you inhaled is probably not an issue but over time it can be a problem. Please don't even microwav ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Fumes: The fumes act as an irritant and can give you asthma like symptoms. If you have symptoms see your doctor or an allergist/pulmonologist.
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Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
If it did not: by this time you be OK. Could be dangerous , First thing you should have done is , immediately you should have gone to ER for evaluation and observat ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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YES: No. A short exposure should not cause any issues.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
How severe?: If you are experiencing respiratory distress and having difficulty breathing, you should seek emergent care. However, the damage caused by a single ep ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Avoid Bleach: You should be fine, with time. As long as you can breathe comfortably and speak in a full sentence i would just wait and let the tissue heal. Th ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mashael Al-hegelan
14 years experience Critical Care
All are bad: Smoking is toxic to your lungs, whether it is cigarettes, cigars, hookah or other substances. Each comes with a set of risks, but none of them are har ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Deering
9 years experience Dentistry
200+ BAD chemicals: Burnt organic chemicals in general are commonly cancer causing, including in food. Nicotene is so poisonous one drop on your skin would kill you, so ... Read More
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