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Dr. John Rowlett answered:

Can breathing the fumes from cleaning ammonia hurt your lungs?

Absolutely

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ammonia can be very irritating to the lungs
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Dr. Nisha Chellam answered:

Ammonia like smell when deep breathing. And lightheadedness for 3 days all day without movement. No other symptoms. What could it be? Please.

Working out

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If you are working out too much or burning too much fat/protein due to diet or work out it may produce ketones that are breakdown products of fat/muscle. This can give the ammonia like odor. Starving can do it too. Some fat burning supplements can also do this. Make sure you have some basic blood work for kidney and liver function testing done, because it is not normal to have the symptoms you do.
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What are some dangers of inhaling ammonia fumes?

Lung irritation

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Ammonia fumes are very irritating to lung tissue and could lead to pneumonitis. Avoid breathing them.
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Dr. Joseph Hermann answered:

What is dangerous about inhaling ammonia fumes?

Not much

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Ammonia fumes are so obnoxious that not many people will tolerate prolonged exposure. Like chlorine bleach, ammonia can be irritating to the linings of the respiratory tract. Use your head and follow your senses: if it hurts, don't do it (or just avoid over-exposure).
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Am I in danger if I breathed some ammonia fumes in lab?

Unlikely

I short exposure should present no problems.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

My wife accidentally inhaled fumes from ammonia and then muriatic acid about a week later? Any harm?

Probably not

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However, if she is symptomatic (i.e., intractable cough), a visit to a pulmonologist is in order. There is no extra cancer risk. One all-too-common mishap is in mixing bleach and ammonia -- the gas generated is far more dangerous. Your wife is fortunate to have such a devoted husband. Good luck.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

My husband accidentally inhaled fumes from ammonia and then muriatic acid about a week later. What can happen?

Acute effects?

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These are two separate chemicals and both have acute effects. If he did not have any acute illness, he should be okay. It would be prudent to see a pulmonologist to be sure that there is no latent damage.
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Blackout after inhaling bleach and ammonia fumes for a long period of time?

Go to ER

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Need to be checked , some times may result in pulmonary edema ( fluid in lung ) must be checked ny a physician , also possible additional preexisting problems for , blackout ' like TIA . One doctor clears you will be OK
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Dr. Al Hegab answered:

I accidentally inhaled fumes from a mixture of ammonia and Clorox. Now I have excessing sneezing, runny nose, and sense of smell seems distorted.Help?

Pls see ur MD /ER

Epiglottitis
sounds like u had an excessive exposure, better be seen by an MD, in ER / Urgent Care, looks like chemical irritation to the mucus membrane lining ur nasal cavity and upper airway
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What it is in ammonia that can trigger asthma?

Bronchial irritant

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Ammonia can trigger asthma since it is a bronchial irritant. It is not a specific allergen. It is an asthma trigger in the same way that chlorine near a swimming pool or other strong cleaning agents can be--by irritating already "twitchy" or reactive airways.
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