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What are the effects of freon abuse?

What are the effects of freon abuse?

Huffing freon: Inhalant abuse (huffing) of freon is very dangerous, with the potential for death on the first or any subsequent use. Short term effects include stupor, changes in consciousness, severe mood swings including violent behavior, muscle weakness, numbness, and others. Long term effects include weight loss, depression, damage to vital organs including brain and nervous system damage, hearing loss. ...Read more

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How are freon burns to skin treated?

How are freon burns to skin treated?

Depends: It depends on the depth of the burn. For partial thickness burns, they are cleansed and treated with a medicated cream and dressed. ...Read more

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My brother got freon on his thumb and says it hurts...What should he do about it?

My brother got freon on his thumb and says it hurts...What should he do about it?

Freon burns: Extreme heat and cold can damage the skin. These injuries can be superficial with redness only or they may blister. These superficial burns are painful and usually heal without scars. If the burn is very deep the nerves are destroyed and the burn doesn't hurt. These areas may heal with scarring. If it is small area it should be fine but larger areas should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How should a burn on the tip of a finger from freon be treated ?

Rapid re-warming: If this is a thermal (freezing) injury, then the finger should be re-warmed. Submersion in warm (not hot) water can be done, for 15-30 minutes. The wound should be dressed with gauze and with antibiotic ointment and an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen given. Freon is concerning because inhalation or ingestion can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. So getting away from exposure is key. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to inhale freon gas?

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