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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Can breathing in gasoline fumes get you sick?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it bad to smell gasoline fumes?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Yes: It is best of avoid smelling gas fumes. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Are gasoline fumes harmful during pregnancy?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Are gasoline fumes harmful during pregnancy?

Try to avoid: Gasoline fumes while pregnant.

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Dr. Anthony Vita
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What are some side effects of inhaling gasoline fumes?

Dr. Anthony Vita
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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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Dr. Troy Ross
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Is it bad to inhale petrol fumes when pregnant?

Dr. Troy Ross
Board Certified, Occupational Medicine
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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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Dr. Chevies Newman
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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...

Dr. Chevies Newman
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. Barry Cohen
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Is it possible to get any effect from petrol fumes if its dried into your hands?

Dr. Barry Cohen
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Is it possible to get any effect from petrol fumes if its dried into your hands?

Not sure: How fumes dry on your hands....Doubt a problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Gasoline fume inhalation effects on the body?

Dr. Michael Rothman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Could you get sick from breathing in gasoline?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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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?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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YOU BET: You should. He is probably inhaling carbon monoxide and that will definitely affect him mentally and possibly physically. ...Read more

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