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A 22-year-old female asked:

sat by bonfire. plastic and copper wire were being burnt. i have headache. everyone closer to it and fine. i'm scared i will die now from the toxins?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Stand back from fire: As president Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, in 1933 about 84 years ago, "...let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." Medicine, like everyday life, is full of uncertainties because even the rarest events "can" happen. The real question is, how "likely" is it to happen? It is very unlikely to die from bonfire toxins if everybody else is alive and well.

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Last updated Apr 28, 2017

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