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My wife inhaled a lot of paint fumes from spray paint yesterday and is still having shortness of breathe and now her head is swimmy from time to time?

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Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

The fume inhalation could have caused an inflammation of the lungs, and her “shimmy” feeling could mean she’s lacking oxygen, which would be troubling. She needs to be evaluated in an ED.

Answered Jun 11, 2018

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Dr. Donald Colantino answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Inhalation of paint fumes can cause an asthmatic reaction or a chemical irritation/inflammation of the bronchial tubes or,in extreme cases, a chemical pneumonitis. If symptoms aren't resolving after removing oneself from that exposure, it's advisable to have a physician examine the lungs for injury.

Answered Sep 13, 2018

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