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I Keep Smelling Burning Wood
Can exposure to wood fire smoke for one day (6-7 hours, was burning branches from landscape work) be a health concern?
Smoke exposure: A single exposure may not be fatal but smoke means exposure to carbon monoxide which competes with oxygen on RBC and can cause neurologic effects as well as death, and volatile hydrocarbons which can cause pulmonary /neurologic effects. When in the presence of smoke always have excellent ventilation and wear a mask (R-95/99 that covers volatile hydrocarbons). ...Read more
Yes: If smoke goes in your house, that's bad for your lungs. Also, carbon monoxide is produced in fires and can be fatal! Get a professional to look at your fireplace or stove and stop using it until you do! ...Read more
For the past year or so, most of the time I smell burning wood -- so much so I have actually gone searching for the fires in the house -- thoughts! ...?
Nasal/sinus issues: I would advise an ENT (meat, nose and throat) work up. Chronic sinus infection is well known to cause abnormal smell. Of course we always worry about a brain cause. Either way- see your md for evaluation and decide which way to go - neuro or ENT as a starting point. Good luck! ...Read more
How to treat 36 hour headache likely caused by smoke inhilation by sitting near fire burning painted wood?
Check your Bp:
It is probably something else. Find out what it is
gbr. ...Read more
We burned our fireplace for a couple days. It's been a week, and no matter where I am, I still occasionally smell the wood burning. Why? Sinuses?
Soot: If you got soot in your clothes, or all over your house that would explain it in part. It is possible that there is soot lodged in your sinuses, but you would see it when you blew your nose. Clean your house, do the laundry, and try a nasal wash with saline if the smell still doesn't go away. ...Read more
I hit my chin really hard on my wood bed drama and I had a burning in ear and then it went away to feeling plugged?
Check ear drum: Hi PRubin, I suggest you go and see your doctor to get your ear drum checked. The mechanism of injury is unlikely to perforate your ear drum, but if you feel your hearing is impaired after the incident, it's best to make sure the ear drum's intact. ...Read more
Since saturday I have had a burning wood smell in my nose as if I were sitting in front of a fire. I'm the only one smelling it.
Yes.: Though you probably release more of them just carrying the wood to the fireplace. ...Read more
Our wood burning stove was left open accidentally all night. Would smoke from it affect a 12 week old fetus? Cause death or miscarriage?
I have been smelling a burning wood smoke smell but seems like nobody else around me can smell it. My nose is so irritated, gives me headache. Why?
Smell: Wow. That can be very frustrating. The causes are too numerous to be just one thing and are commonly multi factorial. Disturbances in olfaction can result from pathologic processes at any level along the olfactory pathway. The most common causes are allergies, nasal trauma, sinus disease, viral infections, brain trauma or mass. Your history and physical is very important. Especially your history. ...Read more
I have svt. We have a wood burning sauna (steam bath). The temperature is usually as high as 180-200degrees fahrenhiet. Will it stimulate my heart?
Been having draining sinuses (spitting mucus, stuffy nose, asthma flare ups) after breathing in smoke from burning wood outside for <5 seconds. Why?
Irritating: Smoke is very irritating to one's airways since it contains multiple chemicals, resins, aside from the ash. Why do you think firemen always wear a mask when fighting fire? ...Read more
I am suffering from Dry mouth, dry throat and minor nosebleeds, what shoud I do, I got this diseas by inhaling smoke while I was burning woods?
Allergy testing: You should be tested for inhalant allergies. ...Read more
Depends: Carpenters sometimes become allergic to sawdust - typically if they frequently work with exotic woods. More common woods like oak and pine generally don't induce respiratory allergies. Contact reactions to wood are exceedingly rare. ...Read more
Wood fires: Without appropriate ventilation, wood fires for heating can lead to air pollution and health problems. Every year in phoenix we have "no burn" days because of inversion air layers. Your lungs like fresh air to breathe. If you're using a wood stove or other kind of fireplace, make sure your chimney is clean and the flue is open. ...Read more
"CCN"???: Most pressure-treated wood in the us contains chromated copper arsenate (cca) -- I'm not sure what "ccn" would be. Cca wood can be harmful to humans depending on the concentration of arsenic present in the wood, the amount of time spent on the wood structure, and on hand-to-mouth behavior. Arsenic poisoning can cause stomach irritation, disturbed nerve function, etc http://tinyurl. Com/ntduglg. ...Read more
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Steroids/alcohol: R the first 2 come 2 mind. If this is not the case, u should seek advice from an endocrinologist, as there are some systemic causes ; u need a work up. ...Read more
Yes: The time of day is not important. When the doctor asks if it happens, he's asking if it happens upon awakening, regardless of the time of day. ...Read more
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Depends: I often get nostalgic at all the fuss. Playgrounds are disappearing at the same rate governments are pushing us to avoid any impact risk & assure disabled access. A practical surface should fit the need. Wood mulch is cheep but temporary & attracts bugs, rubber mulch has better impact protection, sand is fine for most home sets. A public park may need to meet local govt standards. ...Read more
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Need medical care: Regardless of how it happened, if you got a chunk of wood in your airway, you need immediate evaluation. In addition to causing obstruction of the airway, organic matter like wood can cause serious infection, including bronchial or lung abscess. Depending on the size, density and location of the particle, it might or might not show up on x-ray. Regardless, see a doctor STAT. ...Read more
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