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Can Gasoline Fumes Make 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
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
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
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
Not sure: How fumes dry on your hands....Doubt a problem. ...Read more
Petrol fumes is harmful to petus. I like the smell very much. I inhale the fumes daily. I am 32 week pregnant. From last 2days I inhale it daily. Help me?
??: Strange request! You are definitely exposing your health and your unborn baby to a health hazard, so what kind of help do you want? Just refrain from inhaling the fumes, see your doctor / obstetrician, and possibly addiction medicine specialist to help you stop inhaling petrol fumes, wish you and your baby wellness ...Read more
My dad (63) has a gasoline leak in his car (8months) drives 2hr/day in strong fumes. He's having hard time understanding simple things-should I worry?
YOU BET: You should. He is probably inhaling carbon monoxide and that will definitely affect him mentally and possibly physically. ...Read more
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
I had a gasoline can inside my car today that leaked. The fumes were very strong and I quickly rolled down my windows. Will this brief but powerfully strong smelling exposure cause permanent lung, heart or other damage to my health? Why or why not?
That: Brief exposure is likely insufficient to cause any damage. ...Read more
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
Someone used an old petrol powered leaf blower around my house. I breathed in some trapped fumes which were inside. Can this affect my brain?
Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that inhaling petrol fumes will cause any ill effect to your brain. ...Read more
I get sick eating chocolate, drinking coffee. I feel sick smelling perfumes and petrol. What is wrong?
Reacting: You may be allergic or just react negatively to certain foods and odors. This is not necessarily a medical condition, just part of what makes you you. Learning what to avoid can be a good thing as you go through life. ...Read more
Drunkenness: Intoxication on gasoline looks like alcohol intoxication - speech slurred, mental clouding, imbalance, incoordination. In those who huff there are often stains around the mouth and nose, esp if bags are used to inhale. The smell gets on clothes and skin. Damage to the kidney, liver, bone marrow and heart also can occur, and cardiac arrhythmias, which can be lethal, can occur, and asphyxiation. ...Read more
Call poison control: Call poison control now and go the er. ...Read more
It's fine: In "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", Genevieve tells Guy that she is looking forward to romance with him after he comes home from working on his car. "And you'll smell like gasoline! " If you've got a distinctive turn-on -- EVERY adult does -- and it's not something that's going to hurt somebody, cherish it. ...Read more
Gasoline Inhalation: See: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002806.htmGet a more detailed answer ›
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