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What is the risk of getting damaging smoke inhalation from a bonfire if the wood jumps out and smoke surrounds you but you leave the site after?

What is the risk of getting damaging smoke inhalation from a bonfire if the wood jumps out and smoke surrounds you but you leave the site after?

How do you feel now?: If you feel better and better as time passes, you are probably alright. If you don't - especially if you feel worse, go to an er or urgent care. You know if your respiratory system is basically strong or not. If not, check it with your doctor even if you feel pretty good so they'll have a record of the incident for future reference. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Smoke Exposure (Definition)

When you inhale smoke of any kind. The smoke released by any type of fire (cigarette, forest, brush, crop, structure, tires, waste or wood burning) is a mixture of particles and chemicals produced by incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials and can harm you. ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of smoke inhalation?

Usually short lived: Smoke inhalation can irritate lung tissue but it's usually short lived. It depends on what was burning though. Certain plastics and rubbers can be toxic when burned and cause more issues. If it last more than a few days, or there is any shortness of breath, chest pain or other severe symptoms, go get checked out. ...Read more

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If I got smoke inhalation what would you do?

Smoke inhalation: We will examin you give you humidified oxygen, bronchodilaters, suction and if indicated endotracheal tube and chest physiotherapy. Treatment depends on the severity of smoke inhalation. If severe case hospitalisation, and nebulised Heparin and acetylecystein, oxygen therapy due to inhalation of carbon monooxide. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: smoke inhalation?

Inhaling smoke: Any breathing in (inhalation) of burned materials, including vapors, particulate matter, etc. Tnhalationalinjury maybe difficult to distinguish from thermal inhalation all injury if the smoke was hot. ...Read more

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How long can a person survive in a fire before dying of smoke inhalation?

That depends on: What types of toxic fumes/ vapors are released and how much toxic material is inhaled. For instance, a person lying on the ground may inhale less smoke that someone who is standing. There isn't a one size fits all answer for this one. ...Read more

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Can smoke inhalation cause asthma?

Can smoke inhalation cause asthma?

Possibly: It depends on what you mean. Inhaling virtually any type of smoke will trigger an asthma attack in those whose asthma is not well controlled, and often even in those in whom it is. For a non asthmatic, significant smoke inhalation, such as being in a burning building, can damage the lungs in such a way as to cause asthma. I have a firefighter in my practice on permanent disability for this. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for smoke inhalation?

Patient stabilizing: Smoke inhalation due to fire can cause three types of injuries including thermal injury to the airways, chemical injury and poisoning due to carbon monoxide or cyanide. The first thing to do is immediate assessment of the patient's airway, breathing, and circulation. After stabilizing the patient then he needs to be treated for each specific type of injury. ...Read more

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What are the effects of excessive smoke inhalation when asthma?

What are the effects of excessive smoke inhalation when asthma?

Increase or cause: Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke can aggravate asthma and may also be the cause of asthma in some age groups. New onset asthma has been reported in teens who smoke. ...Read more

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If I burn candles in bathroom am I in danger of smoke inhalation?

Candle in bathroom: No you will not, a candle does not produce that much smoke and even if you spend considerable time in the bathroom you will not in danger og smoke inhalation. ...Read more

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I am allergic to cigarette smoke. I passed by a smoker who exhaled cigarette smoke. I inhaled that smoke. Can this smoke inhalation cause lung cancer?

I am allergic to cigarette smoke. I passed by a smoker who exhaled cigarette smoke. I inhaled that smoke. Can this smoke inhalation cause lung cancer?

Unlikely: While second hand smoke is not good, an occasional exposure is not likely to materially change your risk for lung cancer. Please note that about 10% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Could smoke inhalation from a house fire cause throat cancer?

Could smoke inhalation from a house fire cause throat cancer?

No: You're living in an ocean of carcinogens -- there's stuff in lemons and pepper that would be banned if they were artificial chemicals. Cancer is multistage process of molecular events. You'll never prove, and have little reason to believe, that a particular one-time exposure -- even if quite rough -- had anything to do with a particular cancer. ...Read more

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Sore throat from marijuana smoke inhalation?

Sore throat from marijuana smoke inhalation?

Smoke irritation: Marijuana smoke is highly irritating to the lining of the respiratory tract. ...Read more

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Can burning cardboard/wrappers kill you if you breath it in at a bonfire? I have bad anxiety and feel like I'm dying. My heartbeat is fast

Can burning cardboard/wrappers kill you if you breath it in at a bonfire? I have bad anxiety and feel like I'm dying. My heartbeat is fast

Panic Attack: If you are concerned about your immediate health, go to your local ER. There is a chance that your anxiety is causing the panic. Anxiety is very treatable to something that can be managed well. You may find it helpful to go for walk, take some deep breaths, distract yourself with a call to a friend or a good movie. Your anxiety will pass soon. ...Read more

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Gasoline fume inhalation effects on the body?

Gasoline fume inhalation effects on the body?

Poisonous: Gasoline is poisonous if inhaled. Go out side and get plenty of fresh air. The fresh air will displace the volitile chemicals in the gasoline. ...Read more

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Haven't smoked weed in 3 months. Will one puff and no inhale of weed show up after 41 hours?

Haven't smoked weed in 3 months. Will one puff and no inhale of weed show up after 41 hours?

Weed: Smoking weed is not good fior health. You came out of it for 3 months. That's a good news. Congrats. Don't think of going back to it to ruin your life. You are ionly 23 years old. You have bright future bro. Think positively. Focus on your family, studies or job. ...Read more

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I was burning lead from a mechanical pencil and it started to smoke and I don't think I inhaled any smoke what should I do?

I was burning lead from a mechanical pencil and it started to smoke and I don't think I inhaled any smoke what should I do?

Nothing: Pencil lead is graphite - a form of carbon just like coal and burns easily. A small amount in a mechanical pencil cannot create enough carbon monoxide to cause any lasting damage. There is no lead in a lead pencil! You should have a carbon monoxide monitor in your home for safety's sake anyway, though. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I inhale the smoke of a cigar? Just wondering, I know you're not suppose to but is it seriously harmful if I do?

No: No. It is seriously harmful. Also, please note that the ph of cigar smoke is a little more alkaline and penetrates the tissues better than cigarette smoke, thus more harmful puff for puff. I used to smoke one or two per year but gave that up after learning more about how harmful they are. ...Read more

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Okay so I burnt a lipstick tube but once it caught on fire I blew it out but inhaled the smoke when blown out. Would anything happen to me?

Okay so I burnt a lipstick tube but once it caught on fire I blew it out but inhaled the smoke when blown out. Would anything happen to me?

Probably not but. ..: The number for poison control throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Caribean is POI-SONS. You don't have to look it up. You need the name of the product. The really nasty things have a skull and crossbones on them. ...Read more

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I inhale black smoke what I can do now?

Breathe: I do not see any symptoms or problems. Do you have symptoms to report? Are you feeling different? What are you experiencing that would be a medical concern? ...Read more