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Can breathing in gasoline fumes get you sick?

Can breathing in gasoline fumes get you sick?

Yes: Volatile fumes from gasoline, glue, paint, etc..., are bad because they diffuse throughout the body after inhalation. The fumes one smells at a gas station are diluted by the air, so don't cause illness. If one purposely sniffs gasoline or glue, or accidentally gets too much fumes while painting inside a closet, he can get damage to the lungs, brain, etc..., especially with repeated exposures. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of inhaling gasoline fumes?

What are some side effects of inhaling gasoline fumes?

Bad: I assume you are talking about abusing fumes by inhaling, rather than incidentally inhaling a small amount of fumes when filling your gas tank. Inhalant abuse is EXTREMELY dangerous, with acute effects of feeling high, headache and passing out. You can become addicted after inhaling just a few times, and permanent brain damage can occur after 5-10 heavy inhalations. DON'T DO IT. ...Read more

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Have an old scool car that has a constant petrol smell i drive with all widow down and only a few days a week is the petrol fumes dangerous for me...

Well: It can't be good. More importantly, however, you have a vehicle that sounds like an actual time bomb. Don't light a smoke in there. The explosive factor seems more concerning than the affect of the fumes. ...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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Is it bad to inhale petrol fumes when pregnant?

Yes: There are many complex chemicals in gasoline. Most of them are harmful to health in high enough concentrations, but our bodies are able to protect us from damage. A developing fetus can't protect itself, and with some chemicals the mother's systems don't always break the chemicals down completely before the fetus is exposed. So it's best for pregnant mothers to avoid harmful chemicals. ...Read more

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Could you get sick from breathing in gasoline?

Could you get sick from breathing in gasoline?

Fumes are unhealthy: Volatile fumes from gasoline, glue, paint, etc..., are bad because they diffuse throughout the body after inhalation. The fumes one smells at a gas station are diluted by the air, so don't cause illness. If one purposely sniffs gasoline or glue, or accidentally gets too much fumes while painting inside a closet, he can get damage to the lungs, brain, etc..., especially with repeated exposures. ...Read more

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My dad has a gasoline leak in his car (8 months) drives 2hr/day in strong fumes. Becoming "confused", doesn't process information well-should i worry?

My dad has a gasoline leak in his car (8 months) drives 2hr/day in strong fumes. Becoming "confused", doesn't process information well-should i worry?

Fumes and confusion: You should take your dad to a neurologist. I assume that if you are 63, he must be in his 80's. There may be other causes of his confusion other than his driving in his car, that leaks gas. Have him see a neurologist to rule out more common causes of confusion other than gas fume inhalation. Good luck. ...Read more

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