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Exposed To Irritants (Overview)

Exposure to smoke, irritants, or volatile inhalants (chemical fumes) means a person has spent time around these airborne particles. Usually, symptoms from exposure to smoke, irritants, or volatile chemicals occur in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.


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Could exposure to pollution and dust lead to acne?

Could exposure to pollution and dust lead to acne?

Probably not: If this were true, there would be more in the city than in the countryside and neither I nor anyone I've read about has observed this. Don't look for a cause for your acne. It's fruitless. Treat it. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will. ...Read more

Exposed To Irritants (Overview)

Exposure to smoke, irritants, or volatile inhalants (chemical fumes) means a person has spent time around these airborne particles. Usually, symptoms from exposure to smoke, irritants, or volatile chemicals occur in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.


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Could exposure to sun and pollution and dust lead to acne?

Could exposure to sun and pollution and dust lead to acne?

Don't look for cause: Acne is unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle and only marginally to diet. Don't try to figure out the cause, but manage your illness until it self-cures with age. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in 2 weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Which is worse for you exposure to cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exaust?

Which is worse for you  exposure to cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exaust?

Toxic level: Cigarette smoking puts the toxins directly into your lungs and your body in a concentrated form. Auto exhaust is diluted by the time you might inhale it. Would you bend down, and directly inhale the exhaust from your car? Then consider what you are doing when you smoke - and stop altogether. ...Read more

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Can work exposure to chemicals increase my susceptibility to lung infections?

Can work exposure to chemicals increase my susceptibility to lung infections?

Maybe: What chemicals? There could be more to worry about than infections if you are breathing in the wrong things. ...Read more

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Asthmatics: how to clean your home without being expose to allergens that causes your asthma to get bad?

Asthmatics: how to clean your home without being expose to allergens that causes your asthma to get bad?

Use HEPA filters: Good vacuum cleaners have a hepa filter in their exhaust line to remove allergens before they get kicked up in the air; you should get a vacuum cleaner of this type. Wearing a dust mask while you clean, and a carbon-filter mask if your asthma is triggered by fumes from cleaning chemicals, will help as well. ...Read more

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Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers. ...Read more

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How can I reduce exposure to airborne allergens besides filters?

How can I reduce exposure to airborne allergens besides filters?

Several things!: Keeping windows closed, particularly at night, driving with closed windows, using central air systems in your home, these can all help. Showering at night will also help. ...Read more

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Can you be exposed to streptococcal bacteria from animals?

Can you be exposed to streptococcal bacteria from animals?

Sometimes: One research article found that guinea pigs and rodents (lab mice) can be carriers of strep throat bacteria (group a strep). The animals had no symptoms, and probably got the bacteria from humans. Some people believe pet dogs and cats can be carriers of group a strep bacteria and can infect humans, but I have not seen any studies showing that kind of bacterial transmission. ...Read more

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Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

Minimal: The second hand smoke, a much smaller concentration than directly inhaled smoke from a cigarette, will coat the interior lining of the lung and little will be exhaled. The solution: don't smoke around your kids (go outside) or quit altogether for the sake of your health (do you want to be sickly or perhaps die before your kids grow up?). ...Read more

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Can exposure to genamicin neb tx cause irritation to another persons lips?

Can exposure to genamicin neb tx cause irritation to another persons lips?

Very unlikely: There isn't enough gentamicin present on your lips to cause irritation, unless someone was highly allergic to gentamicin to begin with. I've never heard of this being a problem before, so i think it's highly unlikely. ...Read more

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What happens if you are exposed to toxic fumes from the carpet?

What happens if you are exposed to toxic fumes from the carpet?

Chemical Toxicity: It may make you subtly ill. It will probably not be obvious. If you are sensitive to other environmental chemicals, new carpet is not a good option for you. It can also harbor mold with mold toxins. Be aware of your environment. Trust your nose! ...Read more

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Will exposure to the sun help with common cold?

Will exposure to the sun help with common cold?

NO: While it may feel pleasant, it will not cause the cold to resolve any quicker. ...Read more

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Can being exposed to mold cause schizophrenia?

Not as far as I know: I have never heard of any studies connecting schizophrenia to mold exposure. ...Read more

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Exposure to bleach lungs cold nauseous?

Exposure to bleach lungs cold nauseous?

How extensive?: Unless you have been exposed to a huge amount ( such as in an industrial setting ) for a long time , one should have mostly a transient respiratory or nasal response. It is also unusual to get chills and nausea from exposure to household bleach. I suspect you have something else going on (viral infection?). Can you tell us more about the exposure? Of course, if the problem persists, see doc. ...Read more

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Are you exposed to secondhand hand smoke just by passing people?

Are you exposed to secondhand hand smoke just by passing people?

Yes but: If you define any exposure, then the answer is yes . However the duration and quantity of exposure determine whether your health would be impacted thus the casual exposure you get will not likely affect you. ...Read more

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Can a person get asthma from environmental exposure?

Can a person get asthma from environmental exposure?

Can trigger: Certain elements in the environment can trigger an asthma exacerbation in someone who is predisposed or has asthma. But they do not "give" asthma to someone. ...Read more

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Possible to be allergic to the cannabis plant (contact or inhaling allergens while cultivating) but have no allergic reation to ingesting the bud?

Possible to be allergic to the cannabis plant (contact or inhaling allergens while cultivating) but have no allergic reation to ingesting the bud?

THC: Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged & deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 times higher than tobacco. 3 times more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation& wheezing & cough. ...Read more