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I breathed in toilet bowl fumes while cleaning my tub. I'm breathing shallow, I cough when l take a normal breath and my lungs hurt. What should I do?

I breathed in toilet bowl fumes while cleaning my tub. I'm breathing shallow, I cough when l take a normal breath and my lungs hurt. What should I do?

Chemical asthma: Would go to ER where you can get treatment now. Chemicals especially if used in tight small spaces with limited ventilation can cause a chemical asthma and you may need treatment nebulized medications and steroids. Cough can be an asthma equivalent.So would go to the ER now,breathing is important.

Cleaning, even household, with chemicals should be done with a mask and with good ventilation ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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i was asked to help clean up a trailer lot with lots of fiberglass insulation and i have been having breathing trouble but its getting better day?

 i was asked to help clean up a trailer lot with lots of fiberglass insulation and i have been having breathing trouble but its getting better day?

Your Fiber Class: That insulation is full of small fiberglass and other debris that can irritate your lungs.Sadly,it won't insulate them from that irritation. If you have symptoms for more than a week or two,get examined in person by your doctor. And in the future,use eye and lung protection (safety glasses and a mask) when dealing with stuff that blows-off dust or other particles, especially fiberglass or
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What are the causes of tuberculosis? How contagious is TB and can breathing clean air help?

What are the causes of tuberculosis? How contagious is TB and can breathing clean air help?

Complicated question: Tb is mycobacterium tuberculosis. There are more than sever related mycobacterium species though. It is contagious..Very in fact if you have active pulmonary disease. Other forms are less infective or pose no threat transmit at all like bone infection (pott's puffy tumor). Can breathing clean air help..Well..It won't hurt. Thats what the TB sanitariums of the 16-20th centuries were doing. ...Read more

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I had to clean out a freezer with 1 year old rotting meat. Could I get sick from breathing around it?

I had to clean out a freezer with 1 year old rotting meat. Could I get sick from breathing around it?

Rotting meat: Rotting meat will only make one ill if one ingests meat that is infected with a bacteria or touches its bacteria filled juices & then touches mouth/mucous membranes or touches contaminated surfaces and then touches one's mouth or mucous membranes. ...Read more

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I don't smoke.And I work in a clean environment.I suffer from a MVP & difficulty in breathing.Most of the days ,my mucus has black specks in it.Why?

I don't smoke.And I work in a clean environment.I suffer from a MVP & difficulty in breathing.Most of the days ,my mucus has black specks in it.Why?

Mucus : It is possible to have black discharge in mucus if exposed to dirty environments such a poor air condition, heavy polution, around second hand smokers. This is your body trying to get rid of tar like products via ciliary clearence. These air cells that have hair like structures that move particulants out of the lung. These are the first cells to die in smokers, or people using hookah. ...Read more

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What can cause breathing problem with heavy chest? Ecg report is clean, patient worked in a plant with chemical fumes.

What can cause breathing problem with heavy chest? Ecg report is clean, patient worked in a plant with chemical fumes.

Airway inflammation: It could be that airways are swollen from fume exposure or a bronchospasm from any exposure.
Get your lung function check by a specialist. ...Read more

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I inhaled to much chlorine while washing the bathroom with bleach and I am having difficulty breathing. I cleaned it in a closed room.

I  inhaled to much chlorine while washing the bathroom with bleach and I am having difficulty breathing. I cleaned it in a closed room.

It is imperative: that you leave the bathroom and get fresh air (out doors). Chlorine is denser than air -so don't lie in a low area. Seek medical care as soon as possible. In the United States - we usually have the fire department enter the room first to ensure that cause of chlorine gas is removed and that area is properly ventilated. ...Read more

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I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen with bleach 3 hours ago and I am now having trouble breathing without coughing. I need advice please.

I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen with bleach 3 hours ago and I am now having trouble breathing without coughing.  I need advice please.

Go to emergency Room: Inhalation pneumonitis can be a life threatening issue. If you mixed bleach with ammonia this can also be much worse. Please call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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While cleaning out the lint from a dryer, is it harmful to the lungs to be breathing in the lint dust that is released into the air?

While cleaning out the lint from a dryer, is it harmful to the lungs to be breathing in the lint dust that is released into the air?

Possible: It is never good to breathe in dust. There is nothing particularly bad about lint. Minor exposure is not generally a problem. ...Read more

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Wore blue surgical-grade mask from pharmacy to clean for an hour when pregnant. Hard time breathing with it on. Oxygen deprivation for baby?

Wore blue surgical-grade mask from pharmacy to clean for an hour when pregnant. Hard time breathing with it on. Oxygen deprivation for baby?

See below: Probably not. Wearing a mask every day i can tell you that sometimes you do feel short of breath. However, pregnancy makes it more difficult to take a deep breath secondary to the displacement of the abdominal organs by a gravid uterus. This could also play a part in your feeling short of breath. Slow down on your cleaning or stressful activities, or get others to help out. ...Read more

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Cleaning dump truck LOTS of dirt some dirt in the air went up my nose when breathing could I be exposed to naegleria I live in a hot state FL?

Cleaning dump truck LOTS of dirt some dirt in the air went up my nose when breathing could I be exposed to naegleria I live in a hot state FL?

More information: It tends to be a water borne illness. This is some information on the topic from the Florida Health Department:
http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/newsroom/2014/06/06.04.14Naegleria-Fowleri.pdf

It is unlikely, but the advise on the above link is useful. ...Read more

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My nose develops extreme mucose.Its always dry, uncomfartable breathing. I always need to clean but it comesback in halfhour. Do i need nose surgery?

My nose develops extreme mucose.Its always dry, uncomfartable breathing. I always need to clean but it comesback in halfhour. Do i need nose surgery?

Not yet: We first have to understand your condition and look at possible causes. So far what you describe is compatible with rhinitis of unclear etiology. I would recommend starting with a saline nasal spray- most of which are available over the counter. Somewhere along the way you will need an ENT or ORL exam, trying to understand if there is any anatomical abnormality contributing. ...Read more

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Cleaned dump truck with LOTS of dirt some went in the air and went up my nose (dirt dust) when breathing could I be exposed to naegleria I live in a ?

Cleaned dump truck with LOTS of dirt some went in the air and went up my nose (dirt dust) when breathing could I be exposed to naegleria I live in a ?

Naegleria: This is highly unlikely. there have only been just over 100 cases in the United States in the past 50 years and I have not seen a documented case in Florida.
It is a good practice to wear a mask when working with anything that can be inhaled. ...Read more

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I beleive I have damaged my lungs by breathing in some cleaning chemicals. What can I do about this horrible coughing fit ? I was clleaning my toilet and mixed some bleach with toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and went to wipe it out and inhaled the fume

I  beleive I have damaged my lungs by breathing in some cleaning chemicals.  What can I do about this horrible coughing fit ? I was clleaning my toilet and mixed some bleach with toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and went to wipe it out and inhaled the fume

I : I really wish i had seen your question earlier, so that i could have responded to it immediately. It sounds like you did damage your lungs. I do not know if the damage is temporary. Mixing bleach with some toilet bowl cleaners can produce chlorine gas. To get an idea of how dangerous chlorine is, it has been used as a chemical warfare agent. Bleach mixed with ammonia is especially dangerous because it can create monochloramine or dichloramine (chloramine gases). You won’t see the gases in the air and you might not smell them because of the aroma of the chemicals you are using.
It is usually unwise to mix cleaning chemicals because there could be chemical reactions that releases toxic gases. Anytime you are cleaning a toilet with a chemical product that can be toxic (yes that includes most cleaning products), the windows should be open and the fans should be on. If you come into contact with gases that cause you to cough or experience burning, get fresh air as quickly as possible. Depending on how severely you are impacted, do not hesitate to call 911. I do recommend that you be seen at your emergency room, especially if you have lingering symptoms. ...Read more

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I have trouble breathing at nigh and snore horribly , u clean out my nose but it feels stuffed use 4 way it works a whilre but it goes back to stuffef?

I have trouble breathing at nigh and snore horribly , u clean out my nose but it feels stuffed use 4 way it works a whilre but it goes back to stuffef?

See below: Your nasal congestion may be due to many issues including allergic rhinitis or a deviated septum. This can cause you to snore and have trouble sleeping. Please see a sleep medicine or ENT specialist for evaluation and treatment. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I recently did some cleaning with bleach, after breathing some fumes in while I cleaned I became mildly light headed and felt a bit sick to the stomach should I be worried?

I recently did some cleaning with bleach, after breathing some fumes in while I cleaned I became  mildly light headed and felt a bit sick to the stomach should I be worried?

Likely ok: since most people do recover. In the future, you need to avoid using too much bleach (if unavoidable) especially in a closed environment. ...Read more

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Is dry nose normal after sinus surgery? Three weeks post op with feeling of congestion/difficulty breathing. Have had two post op cleaning appointment

Is dry nose normal after sinus surgery? Three weeks post op with feeling of congestion/difficulty breathing. Have had two post op cleaning appointment

Perhaps: since the nose has not fully healed yet but If the problem persists beyond 6 weeks or gets much worse then it may be abnormal. ...Read more

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LUQ pain over a year. MRI, US and Xray is clean. Lipase is 223. Hurts worse in the morning & when deep breathing. Low fat diet helped a little. Next?

LUQ pain over a year. MRI, US and Xray is clean. Lipase is 223. Hurts worse in the morning & when deep breathing. Low fat diet helped a little. Next?

LLQ pain: You probably have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder that affects the large intestine. IBS commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Try to avoid foods that trigger your symptoms. Also try to get enough exercise, drink plenty of fluids and get enough fiber and sleep. If symptoms continue see your doctor. ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach , vinegar, and coment i was cleaning ...Now I am wheezing and heavy breathing and coughing my throth is burning what to do?

I inhaled bleach , vinegar, and coment i was cleaning ...Now I am wheezing and heavy breathing and coughing my throth is burning what to do?

Irritant inhalation: Mixing chemicals to clean can be dangerous and cause inflammation of the airways of the lung. I suggest eval by primary care doctor, urgent care, or emergency medicine physician. Suggest not mixing any cleaning solutions, especially bleach. ...Read more

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Woke up feel breathing through straw-going on day 6-cough/chest getting worse.Prednisone, zithromax, cheritussin, sudafed, deconex dmx-no help.Clean xray?

Woke up feel breathing through straw-going on day 6-cough/chest getting worse.Prednisone, zithromax, cheritussin, sudafed, deconex dmx-no help.Clean xray?

Pulmonary doctor: You need to be more thoroughly evaluated. Tossing multiple medications on this in an attempt to see if something works is only one way to approach this. A pulmonary specialist will probably get to the root of this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Not really: Well, if you forcefully inhale it directly into your lungs, then yes of course. The amount of dust dispersed and potentially inhaled from normal letterbox cleaning is not a risk though.

Toxoplasmosis, the infection commonly thought of from cat poop, is passed by ingestion from dirty hands, not inhalation, is rare in humans, and generally will not affect healthy non-pregnant people. ...Read more

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My throat has felt tight for about 5 months now (no pain). Hard time breathing through nose. Clean endoscopy done, no GERD. Could this be my tonsils?

?Allergy: you need to be checked for allergies, mainly if your symptoms are seasonal...
long acting nasal steroid like Nasonex and Rhinocort aqua will help. Saline nasal spray and vasodecongestant as needed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for nasal swelling to subside after sinus surgery? Almost 4 weeks post op and still having issues breathing. Had 2 cleanings ENT

How long does it take for nasal swelling to subside after sinus surgery? Almost 4 weeks post op and still having issues breathing. Had 2 cleanings ENT

Sinus surgery : Everyone is different in their recovery from sinus surgery. However, it is common for healing to continue for up to three months. I always tell my patients there may be some residual issues during that time period. You just need to follow the postop instructions. Saline lavage is the most important thing you can do to speed your recovery. Good luck! ...Read more

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