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Accidental Hydrocarbon Inhalation
Probably OK: Most medications are safe for many years after the expiration date. I would not worry about it. ...Read more
I read that tattoo ink may contain Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Does exposure to these chemicals guarantee cancer? Can the body rid itself these?
Tattoos and Cancer: Studies show Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) exist in the atmosphere and are established human carcinogens. They are also concentrated in black tattoo inks. Tattoos introduce substances like this for life and the skin cannot totally rid itself of the PAH. However, exposure to PAH does not guarantee cancer. Melanoma and other skin cancers are found in tattoos but tattoo link not proven. ...Read more
I accidentally inhaled a small piece of corn and can't get it out of my lungs. Is this bad? What should I do?
Corn Aspiration: Symptoms of aspiration include: 1) Frequent coughing from irritation of your airways 2) Shortness or breath or coughing up blood. 3) May progress to pneumonia type symptoms. Unless it is causing complications there is no reason to be concerned about a cooked corn kernel. A piece of uncooked popcorn or nondegradable object may be more likely to cause problems especially in a child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take for aspiration pnenumia to devolp ? I accidently inhaled Mac and cheese I coughed for 30 secs 1 day ago
Asp pneumonoa: At least a few hours. Keep us posted. ...Read more
I accidentally inhaled a bit of sweetcorn whilst eating and now I can feel it in my chest, especially when breathing, what should I do?
Inhaled sweetcorn: The bit of corn may be in your trachea or one of the bronchi.If it is in upper part of trachea with coughing it may come in your throa and you may be able to spit it up.But if it is lower down or in one of the bronchi you need to see a pulmonary specialist to scope you and remove the forighn body which is a bit of corn.If it is not removed it can cause infection and damage to the bronchi and lungs. ...Read more
Is scotch tape toxic if inhaled? I had a broken cigarette that i had taped together with scotch tape and i wasn't paying attention very well and accidentely smoked some of the tape as well. I was wondering if scotch tape is toxic if inhaled in this way.
No: I am far more concerned about the toxicity of your smoking, and the fact that your habit is so strong that you would tape a broken cigarette than i would be about effects of scotch tape vapor. There is no known toxicity of this in the low dose amount you would have inhaled. What you should be thinking about is smoking cessation, before that does some real harm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you allergic?: If it is in your nose get a q tip and remove it. If you think you have swallowed it or have been coughing it up you may have aspirated it. If it is just a few specs remove what you can from your nose and see if you feel fine. If by morning you are not better call your doctor to check your lungs. If you think you accidentally swallowed it , take maalox to protect your stomach. Do not panick. ...Read more
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