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A 29-year-old female asked:

My 64 year old father use kerosene for washing hands after taking milk from rubber tree.he do this for all days.he recently developed breathing difficulty and taken medicine and is cured..is washing hands with kerosene leads to any health problem?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Basics: Inhaling the fumes from kerosene/gasoline or similar petroleum derivatives can trigger a lung response that can lead to a fatal pneumonia. The direct contact with the hands does not. If used for such a purpose it should be done in a well ventilated place where exposure to fumes is limited and/or proper masks are worn to reduce exposure.

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