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Smoke Exposure In Children
Smoke Exposure (Definition)
When you inhale smoke of any kind. The smoke released by any type of fire (cigarette, forest, brush, crop, structure, tires, waste or wood burning) is a mixture of particles and chemicals produced by incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials and can harm you. ...Read more
Maybe: I don't think that has been studied specifically, but recent research has demonstrated that children get approximately 1/3rd of passive indoor smoke. That means if parents (or others) smoke a pack a day in the house or car, the children living there are smoking a third of a pack a day. The harmful effects of smoke are even more profound and various in infants & growing children than in adults. ...Read more
Stunted? No, however: The dangers posed by cigarette use in the teens stem not only from the direct effects of its use like lung cancer but also from the potential gateway it provides to the use of other substances. The latter poses the risk of getting a teen's future potential to be stunted. ...Read more
Toxic level: Cigarette smoking puts the toxins directly into your lungs and your body in a concentrated form. Auto exhaust is diluted by the time you might inhale it. Would you bend down, and directly inhale the exhaust from your car? Then consider what you are doing when you smoke - and stop altogether. ...Read more
How much exposure is appropriate for children when there are events like killing of children? @drpam
Limit media access?: I would like for doctors from all disciplines to weigh in on this. There are so many ways children can get information that it is impossible to shelter them from bad news. My suggestion is limiting exposure to sights and sounds of violence and sitting down and carefully broaching difficult painful subjects with them, one on one. Please add your answers about how to explain why bad things happen. ...Read more
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
Unlikely: The mental impairments associated with lead toxicity are qualitatively different from the autism spectrum, so childhood exposure to these compounds while bad, would not yield autism. There is room for speculation on whether a mothers exposure to toxic substances in life could cause the genetic codon changes in her eggs that are later identified in autistic kids. ...Read more
Not: Please remember that we were designed to live under the sun. Maintain good health through the best nutrition, exercise, adequate sleep and good lifesyle and the sun becomes your friend. When we get old, our protective mechanisms deteriorate and sunlight becomes more aggressive. Each year the exposure to sun should be gradual. Natural tanning protects. ...Read more
Stop exposing them: The good news: a few hours after you stop breathing smoke, your body starts healing from its damaging effects. Heart rate drops. Carbon monoxide levels drop to normal. In a few weeks, your lungs work better. Within a year, your risk for heart disease is half what it was. Withing 15 years, you have no greater risk for respiratory cancers than a non smoker. ...Read more
Meth exposure symptoms in children smell odor, my grandchild has metallic smell and I suspect he is being exposed to drug users?
Suspicion: If you have reason to suspect your grandson is exposed to drug users, this is a very big problem. Child protective services needs to be aware & check out the situation. Please contact them, and share your concerns. ...Read more
A coworker smokes and I can often smell the third hand smoke at my desk. Should I be worried over this level of exposure?
Risks less but there: While the odds are less, secondhand smoke has been linked to the development of emphysema and heart disease, just like smoking. So not as intensely risky as smoking, but still risky. People who live or work with smokers do need to be careful and mind their own health. ...Read more
If smoking can stunt growth, is it possible that prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke (ie if a parent smokes in the house) could affect growth?
24/m;casual smoker for 4 years;left smoking;pain in centre of chest located at a line between nipples;pain brought on by exposure to smoke;please help?
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health,
Inflammation of the lungs and surroundings would increase with cough/deep breaths.
Prescribed medicines are quite good for this and seeing a doctor would rule out moe serious issues ...Read more
Only so much you can: Do on this front. In your home, you can require people not to smoke indoors, or at worst, have a designated smoking room that you equip with a "smoke-eater." if you live in an apartment building, you may be getting second-hand smoke through your walls, floors, ceiling and vents. In some areas there are now laws requiring apt bldgs be smoke-free indoors. Clean exposed walls, fabrics, clothing. ...Read more
There is no magic: Formula. If you live with people who smoke, request that they smoke outside, or that there be a "smoking room" which is equipped with a good smoke-eater (one that vents outside). If you are living where there used to be smokers, cleaning down the walls and surfaces, cleaning the upholstery etc will help. If you live in an apt bldg, talk to the landlord about making bldg smoke-free. ...Read more
Yes, stay away: From people who smoke. Don't allow family members or other guests to smoke in your home. If you live in an apartment, tell landlord that smoke from other apartments can and does travel and has impact on you. Some apt. Bldgs now are smoke-free. If you are in setting where smoking has taken place, clean all the surfaces, including furniture, coverings etc. Thoroughly to wipe off residual smoke. ...Read more
Tobacco smoke: We all slowly lose lung function as we grow older, typically most non-smokers will die with greater than 80% of their lung function. Smokers lose lung function at a faster rate. If they stop, the rate of decline typically slows to the same rate as non-smokers. Most people do not experience activity limitations until they have less than 80% capacity. ...Read more
None: All exposure to smoke is harmful.Get a more detailed answer ›
It is safe: You don't want to exercise is when smoke is present in a confined area. If you are outdoors, you can always avoid the exposure. I understand that indoor smoking in public places is prohibited and if you are in a public place, quietly ask the manager to talk to the smoker and not to confront him yourself. ...Read more
Nothing is needed: Your body will "heal" itself. Second hand smoke generally only causes problems with long-term and continuous exposure, like people working in bars or other places where people smoke, or in homes where there are smokers. One exposure will not cause major problems, unless you are highly sensitive (asthma, allergy etc.). Normal diet, activity and exercise will help, nothing else should be needed. ...Read more
Yes: Smoke to be avoided.Get a more detailed answer ›
It is ok to do those: Things after first-hand tobacco smoke exposure. If you are not used to strenuous exercise, you should start slow, and if there are major risk factors for heart disease, even consider talking to your doctor about testing before starting a vigorous exercise program. Second hand smoke has little effect on oxygen levels and endurance, and should not have an impact. We should avoid it if possible. ...Read more
How about minutes: There is no evidence that second-hand smoke impairs an individuals ability to exercise, and plenty of people who are smokers themselves exercise vigorously. If you are not used to vigorous exercise and have risk factors for heart problems, talk to your doctor before beginning an unaccustomed exercise program. ...Read more