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Can you over dose on helium?

Can you over dose on helium?

YES!!!: You can overdose on water as well. Helium is a chemical and will poison you. It can cause numbness, burns, seizures, pain, weakness, blurred vision....It is not a toy. Overdose requires oxygen and supportive care. ...Read more

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Can someone be allergic to helium balloons? Is it possible or is it the latex inside the helium balloons?

Can someone be allergic to helium balloons? Is it possible or is it the latex inside the helium balloons?

Not to helium: You cannot be allergic to helium, but you certainly can have an allergy to latex or other chemicals in the balloon. ...Read more

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Can filling ballons with helium make you high?

Can filling ballons with helium make you high?

A helium high?: The high you feel when inhaling the helium from balloons is actually lack of oxygen. The helium is inert. So - no you will not get "high" from filling balloons with helium. ...Read more

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Can sucking helium harm your baby when you are pregnant?

Can sucking helium harm your baby when you are pregnant?

Avoid : In general if you think something might be harmful to a pregnant woman then don't do it. If you're describing the typical party trick to alter your voice then this is unlikely to do harm but one should not be depriving a pregnant woman of oxygen on purpose for any amount of time. ...Read more

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Had toddlers birthdy party last night.Had helium balloons.Im 12wks preg.If helium naturally escapes from balloons while in the house can it harm baby?

Had toddlers birthdy party last night.Had helium balloons.Im 12wks preg.If helium naturally escapes from balloons while in the house can it harm baby?

No: Helium that might escape goes up, rising to the top of the space and eventually escapes into the outside. Everybody in the house is located below where this would be, so chance exposure is not realistic. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a failed helium suicide attempt?

What are the side effects of a failed helium suicide attempt?

Being glad: Among physically healthy people who have made serious attempts and failed, ninety-nine percent are glad, one year later, that they failed. I can't address possible brain damage from this experience but if it's not obvious, it probably hasn't happened. Embrace life -- as the old folk tale goes, "You can find something better than death anywhere." ...Read more

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Why does your voice change after you breathe in helium?

Why does your voice change after you breathe in helium?

Sound travels: much faster through helium than through air. The wavelength of the sound wave of your voice is created by the shape of your vocal cords, which is not affected by helium. By simple physics, the speed of a sound wave equals its frequency multiplied by its wavelength. So if the speed increases(because of helium), and the wavelength stays the same, the sound frequency must increase. ...Read more

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I breathed in some helium from an old balloon. Is that dangerous? The ballon was about 2 months old.

I breathed in some helium from an old balloon. Is that dangerous? The ballon was about 2 months old.

Follow up/if needed: It should be fine, but if you do develop any respiratory symptoms, please have an evaluation. A virtual consult appt is also available at healthtap.com/DosanjhMD code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Hello i know someone whos has cancer he wants to die hes taking 250 sominex which is diphenhydramine he also wants to use helium?

Hello   i know someone whos has cancer  he wants to die hes taking 250  sominex which is diphenhydramine he also wants to use helium?

Get the facts: As a pathologist, i've run into two completed suicides in which the person believed they had cancer but actually did not -- they had a manageable illness. Most terminal cancer can be managed by hospice and the barbarous cruelty of past decades is over in most jurisdictions. You can take away the pills, call 911, or phone the person's physician as applicable. At least phone hospice for him. ...Read more

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Had 2 chest x-rays. Both showed a bulky helium. Could you tell me what this could mean. I am waiting for an appointment for a cat scan.

Had 2 chest x-rays. Both showed a bulky helium. Could you tell me what this could mean. I am waiting for an appointment for a cat scan.

Enlarged hilum: An enlarged hilum seen on chest xray could be due to enlarged of abnormal lymph nodes(tb, malignancy) or enlarged structures such as an artery. Many times, however, the chest ct scan shows there is no significant abnormality when the chest film suggests an abnormally prominent hilum. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you sucked in helium can you get a cold sore on your lips and etc.?

I'm just wondering, if you sucked in helium can you get a cold sore on your lips and etc.?

Yes but...: A cold sore is caused by a virus and therefore, sucking on helium will not cause a cold sore. You can get a cold sore on your lips as an independent occurrence simultaneously. ...Read more

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Is it safe to inhale helium from a balloon bought at the store.My 14 Y.O son is doing a science project & wants to inhale helium for high voice. Safe?

Is it safe to inhale helium from a balloon bought at the store.My 14 Y.O son is doing a science project & wants to inhale helium for high voice. Safe?

Try another project: Helium is an inert gas BUT it takes up room in the lungs. This lung volume is supposed to be 21% oxygen. With no 02, folks get woozy and can pass out pretty fast. It may not be too smart to encourage 14 yos to start inhaling stuff as abuse of nitrous oxide is pretty common and available to kids. The science of anoxia can be investigated by suffocating insects, it just takes awhile. ...Read more

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After a seizure my voice changed & sounds like I've inhaled helium. It's been like this from Sun-now(Weds). My neuro & ER's will not take me seriously?

After a seizure my voice changed & sounds like I've inhaled helium. It's been like this from Sun-now(Weds). My neuro & ER's will not take me seriously?

See a Laryngologist: You would need to see a Laryngologist. They specialize on the voice box. He or she would be found at a University Otorhinolaryngology department. Persuade your Neurologist to give you a referral, you will need one. ...Read more

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Neck MRI shows "small cervical lymph nodes noted bilaterally prominent at level II with preserved helium". What does this mean?

Neck MRI shows "small cervical lymph nodes noted bilaterally prominent at level  II with preserved helium". What does this mean?

Sounds normal.: We all have lymph nodes in our neck. Sometimes they get a little "prominent". The "preserved hilum" is a good thing because it means the lymph node looks normal otherwise. If there were no other findings, then this is OK. ...Read more

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Hi, I've sucked 5 helium balloons and now I'm coughing and it hurts my throat I also hav a mild headache and a pain in my lower abdominal ?

Hi, I've sucked 5 helium balloons and now I'm coughing and it hurts my throat  I also hav a mild headache and a pain in my lower abdominal ?

Then stop: Inhaling helium displaces oxygen in your lungs and can cause a relative lack of oxygen to your brain (possibly causing the headache). I also assume you weren't sucking down "medical grade" helium and there may have been some contaminants in the helium balloons giving you a pneumonitis and brochospasm. If it continues then get medical attention ASAP. ...Read more

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What does a "bulky right hilum" mean?

Study: I am a proponent of following up with the doctor who ordered your study to get an interpretation. My reasoning is one, they know why it was ordered, they know your clinical story and two they both have access to the radiologist who read it to discuss it and that little thing at the bottom of the report which says clinical impression. ...Read more

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Enlarged right hilum abnormal x ray?

Enlarged right hilum abnormal x ray?

Tuberculosis,sarcoid: It can be due to 1pulmonary tuberculosis 2sarcoidosis 3pulmonary hupertension 4bronchogenic carcinoma 5hilar lymadenopathy. ...Read more