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Huffing (Definition)

Huffing is the act of inhaling the fumes of paint thinners, fuels, or other noxious substances, in order to get a "high." It is a dangerous method of intoxicating oneself, as the fumes of such substance can cause damage to the ...Read more


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What are the signs of someone huffing?

What are the signs of someone huffing?

Depends: Huffing volatile chemicals (glue, paint, gasoline) leaves distinct odors on the breath and clothing, often stains around the mouth and nose. People who have been huffing act "drunk" - speech is slurred, coordination is impaired, balance is off and they may be disinhibited and even violent. Ether and nitrous huffing can cause death by suffocation, as can using plastic bags over ones head to huff.

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Please explain what are the effects of huffing?

Please explain what are the effects of huffing?

Depends on what you: Are huffing. The usual suspects - airplane glue, paint, thinners - can contain toluene or benzene products, and can cause widespread damage - to brain, heart, kidneys. Liver and bone marrow. Anything you huff reduces the oxygen level in blood, and if done chronically can reduce iq. Heart arrhythmias and sudden death, as well as suffocation can occur. They can cause permanent damage and death.

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Could huffing cause permanent damage or is that a lie?

Could huffing cause permanent damage or is that a lie?

YES IT CAN!!!!!!!: But depends on what you are huffing. Glue, paint, paint thinner and similar products have toluene, which can cause permanent damage to kidneys, liver, bone marrow and brain. Ether can cause sedation, coma and death. Using it with a bag over your head can cause asphyxiation (suffocation), brain damage, coma and death. If this is you, and you are 50 years old, you may already have some. Get help.

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Can one become awkward and not know what to say from huffing and if so could this be permanent?

Can one become awkward and not know what to say from huffing and if so could this be permanent?

Not likely, but: Possible. It is bad idea to sniff glue or paint, because the effects do more harm than good. Brain damage is typically seen with chronic long-term use, but there are some cases of one time sniffing with irretrievable damage. The fact that glue or paint huffing causes irreversible brain, heart, kidney and lung damage. Rec.: talk to your PCP for more information and help.

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Does huffing really make your baby come out retarded?

Does huffing really make your baby come out retarded?

Possibly: Depending on the timing and content of your "huffing" experience, the fetus would share the direct toxic effects of the material that has entered your bloodstream. Brain injury is possible.

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Are there tests that can be done to check for huffing?

Are there tests that can be done to check for huffing?

Not really: While there are research tests that can look for many solvents that are commonly inhaled as drugs of abuse (gasoline, kerosene, benzene, toluene and many others), these are not readily available. The diagnosis is generally made by seeing the effects of the drug abuse, which may include paint on the face, distinctive odors, changes in consciousness and the organ toxicity (liver, kidney, blood, lung.

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What are common symptoms if someone's huffing gasoline?

What are common symptoms if someone's huffing gasoline?

Drunkenness: Intoxication on gasoline looks like alcohol intoxication - speech slurred, mental clouding, imbalance, incoordination. In those who huff there are often stains around the mouth and nose, esp if bags are used to inhale. The smell gets on clothes and skin. Damage to the kidney, liver, bone marrow and heart also can occur, and cardiac arrhythmias, which can be lethal, can occur, and asphyxiation.

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How could you know if someone was addicted to huffing carburetor cleaner?

How could you know if someone was addicted to huffing carburetor cleaner?

Usually a teenager: For one thing, highest use in the US is age 14-17, but worldwide huffing remains common in older kids and young adults. If you see them right afterwards, they appear pretty much like being drunk on alcohol - giddy, poor balance/speech, disinhibited (can range from happy to violent). There may be a sweet/solvent-like smell on their breath. Discoloration around mouth/nose if they also sniff paint.

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Are people aware of there personality changing upon huffing or drinking alchohol?

Are people aware of there personality changing upon huffing or drinking alchohol?

Sometimes: Having insight into personality change does occur. Often the individual is not as aware as others. We could get into details and mechanisms (the right side of the brain has more problems with insight than the left) Look up the term Anosagnosia for example. You have taken a great deal of initiative over the past 48 hours. I commend you.

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I've got high off airfreshener and I heard that if I huff it, my baby can come out to be retarded?

I've got high off airfreshener and I heard that if I huff it, my baby can come out to be retarded?

Not a good idea: Inhaling anything like that is certainly not a good idea if you are pregnant. But it is also not good for you. This can lead to asthma, brain damage for yourself and many other problems. Take care of your baby and yourself. Don't use these things.

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I have been having trouble getting a full breath. It will be just fine for awhile then I'm huffing and puffing trying to get a breath? Why is this?

I have been having trouble getting a full breath. It will be just fine for awhile then I'm huffing and puffing trying to get a breath? Why is this?

Dyspnea: Do you feel short of breath only with exertion? If so pulmonary function tests should be done. If your shortness of breath is only at rest, tension or anxiety may be the cause.

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What are the effects of huffing and puffing when running?

What are the effects of huffing and puffing when running?

To allow you to run: When you run you burn calories, which require oxygen to burn, and produces co2 (lke the exhaust from a car). Your breathing in takes in oxygen and breathing out gets rid of co2. Your car, when it runs, breathes in oxygen through the air filter, and exhales co2 (along with other combustion products) though the tial pipe.

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Can you tell me how to stop huffing and drinking sanitizer?

Can you tell me how to stop huffing and drinking sanitizer?

No, I can't: But you can get professional help, which is what you need. Nobody can solve your problems in 400 characters. Huffing is very dangerous, and most of the things people huff (glue, paint, thinner etc.) cause brain damage, as well as damage to heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and bone marrow. Sanitizer has lots of alcohol. Find a treatment program in your area, probably portland- mercy hospital has one.

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I got high off airfreshner and I herd that if I huff my baby can come out to be retarded?

I got high off airfreshner and I herd that if I huff my baby can come out to be retarded?

See below: Anything that you are exposed to your baby is exposed to. The chemicals that get you high are also getting the baby high. This can lead to problems with addiction and other brain problems. Huffing actually deprives your body of oxygen, and hence deprives your baby of oxygen. The brain needs a lot of oxygen, so I would stop this behavior completely, even if you weren't pregnant.

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My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

Yes you should worry: Huffing is a practice of inhaling chemicals found in various products such as spray paint. It reportedly produces an intoxicating effect. It is dangerous as it can cause deadly heart rhythms. Repeated use can damage the lungs, kidney and brains. Additionally, using any intoxicating substance can lead to a path of using stronger and more dangerous drugs.

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What are the chances of getting brain damage from huffing deoderant?

Please...: Don't huff deodorant. There should not be any horrible toxins in deodorant to cause significant brain damage.

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How long does it take for your blood gas to return to normal from huffing?

How long does it take for your blood gas to return to normal from huffing?

Minutes: I trust by huffing you mean breathing vigorously due to exercise. In a healthy person the blood gases return to normal in a matter of minutes, usually no more than 10 minutes or so.