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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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Why does emphysema keep progressing even if you stop exposing your lungs to irritants such as tobacco smoke?

Why does emphysema keep progressing even if you stop exposing your lungs to irritants such as tobacco smoke?

I don't imagine you: Are talking about yourself, at least I hope not at 22 y.o. Lung function diminishes with age, and even more so in smokers. If a smoker with emphysema stops smoking, the lung function will stabilize, but depending on their age, it will deteriorate as they get older, particularly if there is a lot of air pollution, environmental exposure to other toxins, or a hereditary predisposition to emphysema ...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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What is irritant rhinitis?

What is irritant rhinitis?

Non-allergic: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80% of rhinitis cases there is allergic antibody production so there is an also allergic component. In the other 20% of cases no allergic antibodies are produced and symptoms are only aggravated by mild irritants. ...Read more

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What detergent is less irritant?

Unscented: You should try an unscented one such as all free and clear or dreft. ...Read more

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What problems can come from chemical irritants?

What problems can come from chemical irritants?

Chemicals in eye: If saline is not available to flush the eye, you can use tap water or milk. From there, it is essential to contact your local ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chemical irritants?

What is the definition or description of: chemical irritants?

Environmental agents: Those that may cause inflammation or cellular damage when contacting skin, mucus membranes, or respiratory tissue. For example, all cleaning solutions or solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and/or petroleum distillates could fall into this category. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how chemical irritants will affect my overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how chemical irritants will affect my overall health.?

In many ways: Chemicals can cause surface allergy or toxicity to the skin and mucus membranes. If ingested they can damage the function of internal organs. While most irritants, like household chemicals do not do permanent harm, it is always possible to abuse them and find yourself having more serious harm. If in doubt, contact your local poison control center for a discussion. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a substance is an irritant and a carcinogen?

What does it mean if a substance is an irritant and a carcinogen?

Need more details: Carcinogen is a chemical/material which can cause cancer. irritant means different things to different people. To me it means causing tissue damage leading to inflammation. Chronic irritation/inflammation can lead to development of Cancer after many years of continued use of a substance like this. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of chemical irritants on my child's health?

Are there long-term effects of chemical irritants on my child's health?

There may be some: The long term effects depend greatly on the nature of the irritant, the amount of exposure and the treatment. A small splash of mild chemical that us rinsed out immediately from the eyes may have no long term effect. However getting a strong acid or base (like pool chemicals) into the eyes can cause severe scarring of the cornea. It is always best to rinse the eye thoroughly then seek medical he. ...Read more

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What environmental irritants in a basement apartment would most likely cause a cough?

What environmental irritants in a basement apartment would most likely cause a cough?

Cough: Depends on what's in your basement and how old your apartment is but I would most be concerned with mold. You may need a home inspector to evaluate your basement. ...Read more

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If I don't notice that my rosacea gets worse with certain irritants, could I be misdiagnosed?

If I don't notice that my rosacea gets worse with certain irritants, could I be misdiagnosed?

Not necessarily: rosacea differs in individual reactivity, just like every snowflake is different....diff reactions from other irritants.... that said you can have rosacea and other reactivities as well.....or just be sensitive to some irritants and not have rosacea ...Read more

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Could the sweetener stevia be a bowel irritant in certain individuals?

Could the sweetener stevia be a bowel irritant in certain individuals?

Stevia: It is not a common cause of bowel irritation but it could happen. I suggest that you get a small supply and see that it is OK. If it turns out not to be OK, you will probably get back to normal soon after you stop taking it. ...Read more

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How can I heal/cure irritant contact dermatitis?

How can I heal/cure irritant contact dermatitis?

Avoid irritant: Identify the offending substances and avoid them. You may need the help of an allergist or dermatologist to determine what is contributing to the rash if it doesn't get better when you are avoiding what you think is causing the rash. Avoid overuse of over the counter creams as you can develop a secondary reaction to them and worsen rash ...Read more

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Irritant vs. Allergic dermatitis, how can you tell?

Irritant vs. Allergic dermatitis, how can you tell?

Allergic contact: Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with substances that your skin is sensitive or allergic to. The reaction usually appears within 24-48 hours after exposure to the allergen. Symptoms that are common include redness, itching and swelling. Sometimes blistering and weeping of the skin also develop. What you are allergic to is determined by your genes. ...Read more

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What is the best air purifier for removing allergens and irritants from the air? What to look for when buying one?

What is the best air purifier for removing allergens and irritants from the air? What to look for when buying one?

HepA filter: Air filters in studies, have modest effects in allergy treatment. A study combining Hepa filters with dust mite prevention, and pet avoidance showed better symptom improvement. Combining avoidance measures with intranasal corticosteroid medications likely is better, and treating underlying conditions that affect allergies can have better effects. Allergy shots are likely most beneficial. ...Read more

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Are most anesthetics strong respiratory irritants, stimulants, regulators or depressants?

Are most anesthetics strong respiratory irritants, stimulants, regulators or depressants?

Depressants: Most general anesthetic agents (both those given intravenously and those that are inhaled) are strong respiratory depressants because they decrease the body's urge to breathe. Specifically, they eliminate the ventilatory drive in response to hypoxia (low oxygen) and reduce the ventilatory drive in response to hypercarbia (high carbon dioxide). There are, of course, exceptions. ...Read more