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Doctor insights on: Exposure To Diesel Fumes

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What are the different symptoms of breathing diesel fumes?

What are the different symptoms of breathing diesel fumes?

Varied: Certainly the noxious odor is the first; prolonged exposure can lead to a feeling of breathlessness, and even to passing out from it. My advice would be to ensure adequate ventillation if you have to be around them; or simply be as far away from them as possible. ...Read more

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Could diesel fumes cause scar tissue and fibrosis - if the diesel fumes are in the work environment?

Could diesel fumes cause scar tissue and fibrosis - if the diesel fumes are in the work environment?

No: Fumes from diesel do not cause scars. If the work area also contained asbestos, it would be the cause of scars. Diesel fumes can cause chronic cough and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can diesel fumes cause brain damage?

Can diesel fumes cause brain damage?

Not alone: The new diesel 2 is very clean. It is not toxic. Old diesel fumes could be irritating, but not dangerous. The major risk is too much fumes with carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. This can occur with any exhaust especially poorly functioning heaters or old cars. ...Read more

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I am on antibiotics prescribed for bronchitis. I have a resting heartbeat of 114 bpm. Is it safe to be working in a place with diesel fumes and such?

Stay away from fumes: If you have bronchitis I would advise you stay from anything that might cause further irritation such as diesel fumes. Plus I would advise you get that resting heartbeat of 114 checked out. Go back to your doctor who prescribed the antibiotics and tell him/her about your high resting heart beat. ...Read more

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I know that plastic fumes are bad, but how much exposure is actually bad?

I know that plastic fumes are bad, but how much exposure is actually bad?

Any: All burning plastic fumes are toxic. Our bodies can clear the damaging chemicals but any amount puts a stress on the detox capabilities, and some of the chemicals can cause permanent damage. There isn't any treatment to help with the detoxification after you've recovered from exposure but if you have any breathing problems you should get a pulmonary evaluation. ...Read more

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Can paint fumes cause permanent damage five minutes Exposure? I believe it was latex paint not sure tho in was indoors at apartments

Can paint fumes cause permanent damage five minutes Exposure? I believe it was latex paint not sure tho in was indoors at apartments

Doubtful: NO. Latex paint would not be toxic unless allergic to its' components and 5 minutes is still a very brief exposure. ...Read more

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My husband needs to paint our soon to be nursery room. Ideally when should he do so for baby & I to avoid exposure of fumes. Currently 20 wks?

My husband needs to paint our soon to be nursery room. Ideally when should he do so for baby & I to avoid exposure of fumes. Currently 20 wks?

You have time: Most paints will dry in 48-72 hours with proper ventilation. If you are concerned about fume exposure, it would be best if you were not around when he did it. Once it is done, stay out of the room for the next 2-3 days. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you develope polymyositis from long term exposure to paint, turpentine, or fumes. I?

Can you develope polymyositis from long term exposure to paint, turpentine, or fumes. I?

Unlikely.: Myositis or myopathy are not interchangble. Polymyositis is an autoimmune disease. Not caused by toxins.

However, may toxins casn affect muscle. Even drugs like we use for cholesterol issues (statins) can cause a myopathy. ...Read more

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Can you die from spray paint fumes exposure for 20 to 30 min?

Can you die from spray paint fumes exposure for 20 to 30 min?

Spray paint death: Hello ~ no probably not but you will feel nauseous and have a headache and difficulty breathing. You need a proper OSHA recommended respirator when you spray paint, and its recommended because failure to use one has serious long and short term effects. Use a RESPIRATOR! Thanks ...Read more

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Can you develope polymyositis from long term exposure to paint, turpentine, xylene or acid fumes?

Not directly: Polymyositis is a classic idiopathic (unknown cause) inflammatory muscle disease. There may be a genetic link. Chemicals have not been shown to cause it. Some polymyositis patients also have cancer and cancer can be caused by chemicals. ...Read more

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Accidently punutred lithuim battery and it had small fumes I breathed in I cleaned up mess and washed hands should I worry about exposure of any kind?

Accidently punutred lithuim battery and it had small fumes I breathed in I cleaned up mess and washed hands should I worry about exposure of any kind?

Generally no.: There are a large number of different Li batteries, but they are not usually toxic. Those that are more dangerous are not usually available to the general public. There might have been some immediate irritation of your nasal passages, but this should have resolved quickly especially if the exposure was small. ...Read more

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Could dementia be triggered or accelerated by exposure to spray paint fumes or does that sound crazy? Thanks!

Could dementia be triggered or accelerated by exposure to spray paint fumes or does that sound crazy? Thanks!

COMMENTS: Solvent fume inhalation at sufficient level could cause white matter damage in the brain (e.g., glue sniffing). If there is pre-existing Alzheimer's, toxic fumes could well be additive and make things worse. ...Read more

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How much does risk of cancer increase from exposure to polyurethane fumes? When and how should we start screening kids for cancer due to the exposure?

How much does risk of cancer increase from exposure to polyurethane fumes? When and how should we start screening kids for cancer due to the exposure?

Hard to quantify: Depends on how much exposure, for how long. For typical household refinishing floors and letting things air out before you come back in house, probably pretty hard to say there's a direct link or need for rapid screening. If there is a more prolonged and heavy exposure, would be a good idea to see what you can do to reduce it and consider talking with your kids' doc. ...Read more

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What can I do to help ease effects of over exposure to lacquer fumes? Headache and stomach with severe fatigue.

What can I do to help ease effects of over exposure to lacquer fumes? Headache and stomach with severe fatigue.

Duration??: What is the duration of your symptoms? If you believe this is a chronic relationship (a reason why you'd be asking the question) then are you implying recurrent exposure? Individual exposure should promptly resolve for these types of symptoms. Are you sure there is cause and effect, rather than co-occurence of independent processes? What is the social setting? Need formal eval. ...Read more

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I had an attack of acute pancreatitis due to alcohol consumption and extended exposure to toxic fumes from this epoxy. How long not to drink?

I had an attack of acute pancreatitis due to alcohol consumption and extended exposure to toxic fumes from this epoxy. How long not to drink?

MY OPINION ONLY: You should not drink at all forever....you should not NEED alcohol....if you do seek counsel!!!

I sincerely hope this will help!!!!!!!!

Dr Z ...Read more

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If family is getting headaches during exposure to recently-refinished wood floors fumes (polyurethane), what should we do? Do headaches= brain damage?

If family is getting headaches during exposure to recently-refinished wood floors fumes (polyurethane), what should we do? Do headaches= brain damage?

Leave and aerate: Common side effect of polyurethane- leave the premisies. Brain damage would be rare, but possible after prolonged exposure in a confined space. ...Read more

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Should I tell my physician that I was exposed to long term co2 fumes from my car? I have heart trouble, could co2 exposure contribute to this?

Should I tell my physician that I was exposed to long term co2 fumes from my car? I have heart trouble, could co2 exposure contribute to this?

Not sure: I'm not sure how to answer your question. If this is recent and the symptoms you describe are new, then yes, you should go to the er and talk to your physician about it later. But if you're saying you recently realized that the exposure has been something that has been ongoing, then I think you should make an appt and discuss it with him/her. ...Read more

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I spray painted one of my hockey sticks and now I have a burning throat, how long exposure to the fumes roughly can lead to a side effects?

I spray painted one of my hockey sticks and now I have a burning throat, how long exposure to the fumes roughly can lead to a side effects?

If the exposure-: -was short, U should B fine. If long, & persistent C Ur PCP 4 eval. Never do this in an enclosed space, must B done in a well ventilated space or outside. ...Read more

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Yesterday I was exposed to bleach for approximately 11 hrs off and on, breathing the fumes and also exposure through cuts on my hands. Today I woke up with a terrible migraine, stuffy/runny nose, chills and a general feeling of malaise. Could this be rela

Yesterday I was exposed to bleach for approximately 11 hrs off and on, breathing the fumes and also exposure through cuts on my hands. Today I woke up with a terrible migraine, stuffy/runny nose, chills and a general feeling of malaise. Could this be rela

Yes: This would be consistent with irritant effect from the fumes, particularly if bothersome during the exposure. Increase ventilation next time if possible and/or consider wearing protective equipment. It may also be coincidence (if, for example, you've contracted a cold) ...Read more

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I am concerned because I breathed in some heavy diesel exhaust briefly (a few minutes). Can a few short heavy exposures cause permanent lung damage/disease? What about permanent coronary damage from tiny particulate matter getting into bloodstream?

I am concerned because I breathed in some heavy diesel exhaust briefly (a few minutes). Can a few short heavy exposures cause permanent lung damage/disease? What about permanent coronary damage from tiny particulate matter getting into bloodstream?

No worries: Nothing permanent happens from that small exposure to diesel fumes. Luckily, in the U.S., cars that run on diesel have "clean diesel" engines now, without the old diesel fumes of the past. Other vehicles (trucks, buses, older cars, etc.) can still have smelly dark diesel exhaust. ...Read more

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What are some dangers of toner exposure?

What are some dangers of toner exposure?

Avoid the dust!: Toner dust may contain cadmium, mercury and lead. Besides irritating the skin, these may be carcinogenic. The company selling these products will advise you on how to safely handle them. Modern cartridges should involve no contact with the contained black dust. If you are at risk of getting dust on your hand, or in your lungs, I would be caution and use gloves and a mask. ...Read more

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What can benzene exposure do?

What can benzene exposure do?

It is a carcinogen: It can cause cancer and other illnesses. It can cause bone marrow failure and aplastic anemia, acute leukemia, meylodysplastic syndrome and chronic myeloid lukemia
it has been classified as a carcinogen by us department of health and human services. ...Read more

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Is yttrium exposure unhealthy?

Is yttrium exposure unhealthy?

Depends: How were you exposed to this element? We are all exposed to it through our televisions.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Are bleach fumes pretty harmful?

Are bleach fumes pretty harmful?

Can be: Exposure to bleach fumes can damage upper airway causing caustic burn and resultant edema (swelling) leading to acute respiratory distress if significant. Also, burns to the nose, throat and eyes can be at least irritating to a more severe in nature depending on the concentration of the bleach and the length of exposure. ...Read more

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What are risks of lead exposure?

What are risks of lead exposure?

Neurotoxin: Lead is a toxin to the nervous system. Lead can cause peripheral nerve damage, brain swelling, seizures, headaches, learning disability, death. ...Read more