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Is Inhaling Paint Thinner Dangerous
Paint thinner: You die or get brain knock out or liver poison. ...Read more
Smelling paint thinner/chemicals when not there. Have mild sinus infection and high anxiety. Smell and almost taste them even when not breathing in/out?
Parosmia: You describe symptoms consistent with parosmia- common in sinus, upper respiratory infections. Other causes are possible. For more information you can go to Wikipedia and look for parosmia. Hope it helps. ...Read more
How dangerous is to live next door to a home, specifically a garage where paint thinner/paint are used daily and for hours at a time? I have a 9mo old
Unlikely: Fumes could affect you NEXT DOOR....usually harmful in ENCLOSED SPACE! Its NOT unusual to SMELL these solvents for long distances. SMELL alone is not dangerous! ...Read more
Nothing good: They could die or at least suffer major damage. ...Read more
Gloves.: Getting some gloves that protect you against the chemicals you work with is the only way to go here. Also many chemicals are carinogenic, meaning if your directly exposed to them they can cause cancer. This might not happen today or tomorrow but can show up 20-30 years down the road. Be smart and safe, protect yourself please. ...Read more
First thing is to rinse the eye thoroughly with any liquid, saline is best, but tap water will do. At least 10 minutes.
Then get seen by the eye md or er, to tell if you have a serious chemical injury. Damage is worse if the chemical is basic, and less worrisome if acidic. ...Read more
Nose: Hard to answer based on your description. ...Read more
Could ingesting small amount of paint thinner be deadly or poisonous? What immediate actions should one take?
Possible ER: Even small amounts of paint thinners (hydrocarbons) can cause significant problems most commonly lung problems. Symptoms of pneumonia can occur 4 to 6 hours after ingestion. It is not recommending to induce vomiting as that increases the risk of lung problems. I do not know what a small quantity truly means. If it was essentially a drop or two you are probably safe. If it was more seek ER advice ...Read more
Toxins: You should always be in a well ventilated area when you are exposed to fumes. Do what you have to do to get away from petroleum fumes as soon as you can. There really is no safe exposure. ...Read more
No: Paint thinner is caustic and can cause significant ocular damage if prolonged contact occurs. If you flush it out quickly, severe injury can be avoided. Vision after a corneal burn from paint thinner will be poor immediately after the injury but should improve as the eyes heal. The final vision varies depending on the extent of the injury. ...Read more
Will paint thinner cause the eye to have to be removed from the socket if left unflushed I just got paint thinner in my eye and flushed it out so no problems now but what happens if it is not flushed out I have been trying to find the answer online and ha
Paint: Paint thinner is a solvent and can cause a chemical inflammation and irritation of the surface of the eye, but will not "melt" the eye out. Your own natural blinking mechnism will wash much of a toxin out, but flushing it out with water or eye irrigant (available at drug stores) is the best thing to do in order to dilute out the chemical and lessen local irritation. Severe cases can result in sloughing of the entire corneal epithelium which is painful and can take many days to heal even with the best of medical care. ...Read more
Dermatitis: There's a good chance that your skin is reacting to the paint thinner. Avoid chemical contact and see if skin gets better. If this is related to your job then have employer provide you with gloves and see your doctor to document this occupational illness/injury. ...Read more
Body sore boobs hurt paint thinner or something like it smell in my nose all day?? What could it be?
Breast pain: Pregnancy can create increased sensitivity to smell, and sore breasts. There is not enough information provided to answer completely. If pregnancy is possible, obtain a serum HCG test for pregnancy (very accurate). If negative, see your healthcare provider for advice, since there are many causes which could explain your symptoms. ...Read more
Spilled paint thinner and I woke up the next morning with a stuffy nose and sore throat, we can still smell it, is this going to harm us?
A spill of volatile liquids such as Pain Thinner (Probably Turpentine) usually results in only temporary irritation!
In an open room and when promptly cleaned there will be no future effects! (BTW "smelling it" afterward is common!! . Just be sure it's all cleaned up and VENTILATE the area if possible)
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
What to do if I did a lot of welding with lead paint, inhaled lot's of fumes, its in my bones now what?
Test for lead, X-ray: For peace of mind and a definitive diagnosis, ask you doctor to order blood test for lead and routine chest X-ray. You are young. Your health goals should include no further exposure to dangerous substances. Monitor your health carefully for any and all changes in mental and physical status. Create a plan to control or offset any health changes. ...Read more
What effects can paint inhalation have on your health? Painted in poorly ventilated room and started feeling lightheaded the more I worked. Fans were on doors were closed. At work
No lasting effect: Fumes can cause your symptoms but should resolve within 1-2hrs with exposure to fresh air and avoiding further exposure to fumes. If symptoms persist more than 2-3 hours after exposure (and you are not being re-exposed) then best to be evaluated. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more
Fumes: The amount of exposure is very important - if you think was severe the. Go to er now. If was awhile ago and want much and was ventilated and baby and everyone else exposed is fine then there isn't anything can be done and probably going to be ok anyway. ...Read more
Difficult to say: It depends on the particular, chemicals, size of the inhalant vapor particles, amount of inhaled vapor/mist and the health of your lungs. Without more information, it's difficult to say. ...Read more
The paint in our house is only a few months old, is there a chance we could get lead poisoning from inhaling it?
No: None of the recent house paints have lead in those. ...Read more
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My wife inhaled a lot of paint fumes from spray paint yesterday and is still having shortness of breathe and now her head is swimmy from time to time?
Paint fumes: Inhalation of paint fumes can cause an asthmatic reaction or a chemical irritation/inflammation of the bronchial tubes or, in extreme cases, a chemical pneumonitis. If symptoms aren't resolving after removing oneself from that exposure, it's advisable to have a physician examine the lungs for injury. ...Read more