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Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

No harm: We humans are not that fragile (otherwise, we would have gone extinct long ago). A baby born today will grow up surrounded by trace amounts of industrial/chemical contaminants in the air, water, ground, food, etc. There is no useful way to identify these contaminants or what their effects are. Yet, kids grow up fine. Some companies do make HEPA air filters for heating and air conditioning systems. ...Read more

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Smelled smoke after mom cleaned our fireplace this morning (had fire last night). Very strong smell. 27 weeks pregnant. In house 10 min. Ok?

Smelled smoke after mom cleaned our fireplace this morning (had fire last night). Very strong smell. 27 weeks pregnant. In house 10 min. Ok?

Should be: I'm more worried about inhaling cigarette smoke that smoke smell from a fireplace or grilling. Based on your description, i wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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So many asthma triggers ok at home ecept cooking smells. Smoke perfume cologne flowers, cleaning fluids. Going out scary b/c triggers everywhere. Nrml peak flow am will be 700 but 475 in pm, what do?

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So many asthma triggers ok at home ecept cooking smells. Smoke perfume cologne flowers, cleaning fluids. Going out scary b/c triggers everywhere. Nrml peak flow am will be 700 but 475 in pm, what do?

Escalate treatment: Need to move past just using rescue inhaler to inhaled corticosteroids. You may feel like you are doing okay with only evening symptoms, but in the long term you may still be damaging your lungs and may develop copd. Consult your doctor for additional medication. ...Read more

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Am hypersensitive to cats dogss perfume candles lotion s soaps etc dr did bloodwork negative for dogs dust cats trees grasses im 6 months post partum?

Am hypersensitive to cats dogss perfume candles lotion s soaps etc dr did bloodwork negative for dogs dust cats trees grasses im 6 months post partum?

What's the question?: I'm sorry to hear that you're allergic to so many things. Are you asking if this has anything to do with being post-partum? Maybe. Being pregnant affects the immune system. It's possible that there have been some changes in the immune system that make you more reactive to these substances now. ...Read more

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Bouquet balloons in sons room 45 min door closed then removed from house. I went upstairs 3 hrs later had terrible asthma attack worrisome?

Bouquet balloons in sons room 45 min door closed then removed from house. I went upstairs 3 hrs later had terrible asthma attack worrisome?

May be: You don't mention what was in the bouquet nor how well your asthma is usually controlled. What exactly you mean by "terrible asthma attack"? You don't tell me what medication you are taking. You should go to www.Aaaai.Org or nationaljewish.Org, or nhlbi.Nih.Gov to learn more about asthma, how severity is defined andd what good control consists of. You also may want to see an asthma specialist. ...Read more

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Can my house cleaner bring in dust mites from her vacuum?

Can my house cleaner bring in dust mites from her vacuum?

Yes: Theoretically yes. If she is not emptying the receptacle or changing the bag between jobs, then yes. Also, if she knows she serviced a place with dust mites, she should disinfect her equipment. ...Read more

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Does having cold air conditioning running through house all night and day kill possible lice in house?

Does having cold air conditioning running through house all night and day kill possible lice in house?

No, it won't: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be. ...Read more

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Are flents ear-loop masks good for helping to filter air pollution?

Are flents ear-loop masks good for helping to filter air pollution?

Not complelety: The size of the particulate matter matter the way mask is worn , one tme use only but for reducing bacterial and viral transmission it helps fumes smoke etc it might not help at all. ...Read more

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Painted a wall on house had door open for ventilation closed door about two hours later paint pretty much dry but smell still in house all afternoon everything closed bad? Breathing in fumes? Harmful?

Painted a wall on house had door open for ventilation closed door about two hours later paint pretty much dry but smell still in house all afternoon everything closed bad? Breathing in fumes? Harmful?

Try to avoid it: Paint fumes containing oils are worst than water soluble latex, but fumes can damage liver. If yiu are not the painter, the risk is limited. The painter who get exposed daily,monad then get spills on their skin absorb more of the toxins and develop problems later in life ...Read more

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Does smoke from burnt food (no fire) cause health damage? Pan was left on stove. One year old in house

Does smoke from burnt food (no fire) cause health damage? Pan was left on stove. One year old in house

Not ideal: As basically all smoke has some carcinogens(cancer causing chemicals), granted usually in very small/trace quantities. In small amounts/short exposures, this isn't likely to create any problems. So I wouldn't worry too much, unless this is going to be a very frequent event. ...Read more

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How does one fumigate and irritate? Im a property housekeeper I have to clean serious nasty dirty apartments oven cleaners and clorox cleaners mixed

How does one fumigate and irritate?
Im a property housekeeper
I have to clean serious nasty dirty apartments oven cleaners and clorox cleaners mixed

TimeForAngie'sList: You hire someone who knows what they're doing and owns the proper protective equipment (skin, eyes, lungs). Or,read up on that and buy that equipment, otherwise you could do some serious damage to those parts of your body.Or,get someone over to give you an estimate of what would be necessary and then advise you. Or...lower your expectations of what kind of tenant(s) you'll rent to. Be careful!! ...Read more

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I have allergy induced athsma, yesterday we had apropane heater going in the bedroom and around corner i uses strong bleachy soap water..Cnt breath no?

I have allergy induced athsma, yesterday we had apropane heater going in the bedroom and around corner i uses strong bleachy soap water..Cnt breath no?

ER if meds fail: Irritants such as combustion products or the fumes from bleach can trigger asthma. Most patients have been prescribed rescue therapy with albuterol. If this is not effective, then you need to seek medical care now. ...Read more

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Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4 21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4  21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Yes: All of the necessary conditions are there for PTSD and there is effective treatment available for you. Please see a counselor to start on the road to recovery from these awful experiences. You deserve to feel better. ...Read more

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Forced to stay in old hotel, room smells moldy. I'm sensitive to mold. What can I do? Changed room.

Forced to stay in old hotel, room smells moldy. I'm sensitive to mold. What can I do? Changed room.

Leave hotel: If you're sensitive to mold, there is nothing you can do but avoid it at this point. Going forward, you may well be a candidate for desensitization shots from an allergist, but that won't help you now. If you have to stay where you are, the best you can do is treat symptoms until you leave. ...Read more

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Convinced I'm going to drop dead pulmonary embolism two neg d diners clear chest X-ray ECG normal just tachy hurts to breathe chest cough oxy says 93-97%?

Convinced I'm going to drop dead pulmonary embolism two neg d diners clear chest X-ray ECG normal just tachy hurts to breathe chest cough oxy says 93-97%?

Need reassurance: A chest x-ray will not reveal pulmonary embolus . The negative d-dimer is very reassuring. The most sensitive test for pulmonary embolus is Chest CT with contrast. Ask your doctor about the need to have that test performed, at an American College of Radiology approved facility (for quality measures) if possible. ...Read more

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Need a job where I can bring my 4mo. Old. Is cleaning houses a bad idea w/ the fumes?

Need a job where I can bring my 4mo. Old. Is cleaning houses a bad idea w/ the fumes?

Not necessarily: Just choose cleaners which are nontoxic. This is usually written on the bottle. "green" cleaners are typically less toxic. ...Read more

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Having our several rooms painted (including all bathrooms) with no voc paint and caulk. I'm 31 weeks pregnant. Should i leave the house? For how long?

Having our several rooms painted (including all bathrooms) with no voc paint and caulk. I'm 31 weeks pregnant. Should i leave the house? For how long?

Painting : I would keep out of the house while you have the paint going on and drying. Keep the home well vented and you can come back once it is dry. Hope this helps and it is just my opinion. ...Read more

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Have cat allergies. Considering moving to apartment. Next door neighbor has cat & balconies touch each other's. Am i screwed, does dander wander?

Have cat allergies. Considering moving to apartment. Next door neighbor has cat & balconies touch each other's. Am i screwed, does dander wander?

Airborne dander: Hard to say if you will have a problem, but I do hear from patients who do feel that they are having allergic reactions to the smoke or cat/dog dander from next door. Animal dander is very light and remains airborne for many hours, so it is conceivable that it could travel through the ventilation system into your apartment. ...Read more