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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Inhaling Chlorine Gas

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Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more


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Could inhalation of chlorine gas cause pulmonary edema?

Could inhalation of chlorine gas cause pulmonary edema?

Absolutely: Chlorine gas is extremely toxic to the lungs with inhalation and frequently fatal. It damages the fragile alveolar capillary membrane and causes fluid to leak into the air spaces. ...Read more

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Think accidentally made chlorine gas, inhaled 5 minutes or so, developed heartburn, tired eyes, nasal congestion, and sore throat, will i be ok?

Probably: However if the symptoms persists for more than a day or gets worse, check with your doctor. How did you accidentally make chlorine gas in the first place? ...Read more

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Will repeated exposure to chlorine gas affect my eyesight? Please help me docs!

Will repeated exposure to chlorine gas affect my eyesight? Please help me docs!

Probably not: Most exposure to this chemical occurs in swimming pools which always emit a little chlorine. The effect is to irritate and redden the eyes but will not cause permanent change. So lifeguards, who do this daily will not have an effect on eyesight. If you get a serious high exposure from for instance an industrial source, your lungs will more likely suffer than your eyes. ...Read more

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Advice? Would repeated exposure to chlorine gas affect my eyesight?

Maybe: a toxic gas can cause inflammation of the surface of the eye which can cause blurred vision. It should be reversible though. ...Read more

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I was exposed to chlorine gas and was diagnosed with acute broncho spasm. Is this permanent or can I recover from this?

I was exposed to chlorine gas and was diagnosed with acute broncho spasm. Is this permanent or can I recover from this?

Depends: On the extent of exposure. Since you are using internet--unless from under oxygen hood--should improve with time--may take several weeks to months, and may leave some residual issues / mild decrease in overall function, but should be overcomable. See a pulmonologist if not improving after 2-3 months. ...Read more

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I have pls. I have been exposed to chlorine gas inhalation several times over the years working in the water treatment. Can this cause nerve damage?

I have pls. I have been exposed to chlorine gas inhalation several times over the years working in the water treatment. Can this cause nerve damage?

Mustard gas?: Stories abound about the horrible effects of chlorine gas during wwi. Serious nerve, liver, lung, kidney, vision, brain problems were reported. Hopefully, your exposure was less severe and carefully monitored. Not much to do now, but you may want to get a thorough medical evaluation to be all your systems are healthy. ...Read more

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Can inorganic compounds like fluoride and chlorine be absorbed through skin and inhaled? What are your expert opinions?

Can inorganic compounds like fluoride and chlorine be absorbed through skin and inhaled? What are your expert opinions?

Clearly supported: In 1997, the EPA concluded that a person can absorb more contaminants from bathing and showering than from drinking polluted water. Studies done by Brown, Bishop and Rowan in the early 1980s showed that an average of 64 percent of the total dose of waterborne contaminants (including fluoride) are absorbed through the skin. A study by British researchers at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Sheffield published in the February 19, 2000 issue of Human Experimental Toxicology suggests that toxicants such as fluorides can be stored in the skin and released over a period of time. The failure to account for inhalation and dermal exposures to fluorides is the most significant flaw in Fluoride research. It invalidates all dosage conclusions based solely on ingestion. Among other health hazards, Fluoride also increases your risk for cancer: ...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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What are the side effects of inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas)?

Giddiness: It makes you feel giddy with poor recall - too high of a dose can cause respiratory depression. It should not be abused. ...Read more

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I inhaled an unkown gas, should I get checked for cancer?

I inhaled an unkown gas, should I get checked for cancer?

Not necessarily: There are very few such chemicals -in gases hat can cause cancer. So i would not worry about so many gases which we are commonly exposed to. Just avoid excessive exposure to perochemicals (and of course the old culprits like chemical-war gases). ...Read more

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Is it harmful to inhale freon gas?

Freon: Freon gas inhalation has a number of minor symptoms. Inhaling low levels of freon, such as during a refrigerator leak, typically causes headaches, dizziness and lightheadedness. Some people also experience nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are most likely in small children after accidental inhalation. Rarely, people experience intense abdominal pain, blood in vomit and bloody stool. Banned 1994. ...Read more

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What can happen of i inhale gas while pregnant?

Natural or not?: Expelled intestinal gas (fart) when inhaled does not harm pregnancies. Manufactured commercial gases depending upon type can have deleterious effects. ...Read more

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Can a inhaler give you gas ?

That is unusual...: In medicine, some weird reaction/effect can happen with almost anything. Inhalers to treat asthma/copd/wheezing etc...can cause many side effects--increase heart rate/palpitation, jitteriness, sorethroat, thrush, dry mouth, altered tastes, headaches, at times more difficulty with breathing, higher risk of infections etc... if stopping the inhaler and gas problem resolves, then likely. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it bad to inhale gas from the stove? When lighting it i inhaled for a couple of minutes

Avoid this.: Most stoves burn natural gas (methane), but some burn propane. Breathing either kind of gas is unhealthy, because it lowers the amount of oxygen which is being inhaled. A few moments of exposure in a well-ventilated room is not an issue, but prolonged exposure (as you described) should be avoided. However, the symptoms are usually immediate, not delayed. ...Read more