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Inhaling Bleach Fume
Would 5 min of inhaling bleach fumes while i cleaned the bathroom be cause for concern if my baby inhaled it?
Depends: No, assuming you are pregnant and it is YOU who inhaled the bleach. If a baby was actually inhaling it ALSO, you should both go outdoors and get lots of fresh air. If either is having any trouble breathing, noisy breathing or wheezing or drooling, draining, or irritated eyes and it doesn't go away quickly with fresh air, then you should see someone. Ventilate well always when using bleach. ...Read more
Probably lungs: It may be due to chemical irritation of the lungs ("pneumonitis"), which can be mild to life threatening, depending on the agent and extent of exposure. If symptoms persist or are severe, seek medical assistance. ...Read more
Get evaluation: Need to be certain that there is not any internal toxicity especially the lungs. ...Read more
I inhaled bleach fumes& i was coughing, vomitting&cldn't breath.I puffed clenil&felt better.Cld. Inhalation cause long term damage in me?
Chemical burn: It is unlikely that you'll have permanent damage from inhaled bleach. The mucosa of your upper aerodigest tract will heal. ...Read more
Minor irritation: Bleach fumes are mostly an irritant to the lung tissues. In very high concentration they can cause damage, but even then the lining of the lungs heals rapidly so there shouldn't be any long-term problems. ...Read more
I inhaled bleach fumes. I have a severe cough. What can I do to help with the coughing and throat soreness?
See a doctor: You have chemical irritation of the lining or the bronchial tubes. I have used Medrol in tablet form, codeine for cough control and at times Singulair (montelukast) to help with this issue. There are some inhaled medications that might help too, but your cough might not tolerate them. ...Read more
I inhaled bleach fumes and now I am having cognitive difficulties. Will it fix itself? Is there a treatment? Please help! :(
You need to leave: area with bleach ASAP and get fresh air / ventilation. If you are having problems with cognition would seek medical assessment. ...Read more
I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?
Chlorine burn: Appears that you have sustained a chlorine irritation / burn to your naso-pharynx-tracheal-bronchial tissues. If external, the immediate remedyvis long ice cold water rinsing. You cannot do much of that, but prolonged mouthwashing, gargling, and nasal washing can help. Then, you need an inhaler. Saline breathing treatments may help but best is a metered dose steroid inhaler. So see a prescriber ...Read more
I inhaled bleach while cleaning bathroom, hours later i can still smell it and taste it , am i going to be ok?
Should pass: If you only smelled it, be patient. It will pass. ...Read more
Did she just get a: wiff or a big exposure? Is she ill? Ammonia + Bleach can produce chloramine gas which is toxic. Exposure can cause irritation of eyes, nose & throat, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, wheezing, chest pain/ burning, fluid in lungs, muscle weakness, nausea/ vomiting, abdominal pain, pneumonia, & can be fatal. She should breath fresh air. The area should be ventilated. If > ...Read more
Yes: Bleach is a very caustic substance. It should be used appropriately in a well-ventilated area. It should not be mixed with other products for cleaning. It should never be used recreationally! ...Read more
Tell her to get: fresh air. Ventilate the area. Did you get a high concentration? Is she feeling ill? Ammonia + Bleach can produce chloramine gas which is toxic. Exposure can cause irritation of eyes, nose & throat, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, wheezing, chest pain/ burning, fluid in lungs, muscle weakness, nausea/ vomiting, abdominal pain, pneumonia, & can be fatal. If she has > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes exposure to high: Exposure to high level of bleach such as 55 ppm(a concentration significantly higher than house hold bleech)can cause respiratory damage, and airway hyperactivity and that can cause dizziness and can be fatal some times. So wear a protective mask when working near high concentration of bleach. ...Read more
After inhaling bleach, I am coughing a lot, and when I do cough, i cough up something, too. Is this bad?
I inhaled bleach while cleaning walls. I have asthma from the start. Now im coughing, have a headache, eyes are ichy and watery what can i do ?
Go to ER: Bleach fumes can cause injury to the lung and cause coughing and shortness of breath. If a mild exposure the symptoms go away shortly, but if you are continuing to have breathing difficulty you should go to ER now. You might be having bronchial spasm(asthma) or a chemical pneumonia. You will need a chest x ray and measurement of oxygen saturation in your blood. ...Read more
I inhaled bleach and ammonia and i keep throwing up and feeling sick i was cleaning apartment and inhaled bleach and ammonia. Now i feel sick and won;t stop throwing up. What can I do and got a cough that hurt that won't stop
Mixing : Mixing bleach and ammonia can create choramine vapor which is toxic. If you cleaned your own apartment and are still in it, you and who ever else lives in the apartment should exit it immediately and get to fresh air. Do not re-enter the area where the gases were mixed. If you cleaned someone else's apartment, you need to contact the police so that they can ensure they have not been impacted by toxic fumes. It is likely that you inhaled poisonous vapors. Recommend that you call 911 for emergency assistance. Follow their advice. You need to be medically evaluated emergently. Call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 after you have been medically cleared. They can provide you on instructions on how to work with the area contaminated by toxic gas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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