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Toluene Or Xylene
5 weeks pregnant. Inhaled on accident toluene, acetone, xylene, propane, butane in 5 breaths. Got a little on finger. Scared about birth defects now.
Stop worrying: The vast majority of birth defects are probably no more common in this era of widespread chemical exposure than they were centuries ago. A healthy concern for your new baby and a dysfunctional tort system has generated unrealistic concerns such as what you express. You make acetone in your body, and the others are basically inert. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Don't let "toxic fear" ruin it. ...Read more
Neurologic: Exposure to toluene is often associated with exposure to other volatile organic compounds, e.g., benzene. The major toxicity is neurologic and include behavioral effects, disorders of balance, gait and motor coordination, peripheral nerves and other effects depending on the agents one is exposed to, along with toluene. ...Read more
Cancer: Chronic exposure has been associated with cancers. ...Read more
There are many.: Low to moderate levels can cause fatigue, confusion, weakness, drunken-type actions, memory loss, nausea, loss of appetite, hearing and color vision loss. These symptoms usually go away when exposure is stopped. Inhaling high levels in a short time may cause light-headedness, nausea, or sleepiness. It can also cause unconsciousness, and even death. Repeated exposure can cause postural tremors. ...Read more
See below: Both compounds have a single benzene ring. One of the hydrogen atoms is replaced with a formyl group in benzaldehyde and a methane in Toluene. ...Read more
Likely, mostly, yes.: Acute exposure is likely reversible if not long term. The neurotoxic effects of long term use (in particular repeated withdrawals) of toluene may cause postural tremors. Treatment with benzodiazepines provides some relief. The tremors associated with toluene misuse seem irreversible and continue after cessation of abuse. Hippuric acid is used to indicate exposure. ...Read more
Can you develop polymyositis from long term exposure to paint , turpentine, xylene or acid fumes?
How can I stop my friend from sniffing dendrite (a glue consisting toluene and other intoxicants)?
You can't: You cannot assume responsibility for another person's poor health decisions. What you CAN do is offer to share other meaningful and fun activities with this person. Don't nag or criticize, and simply hope that this person will walk away from it like most others who experiment with glue sniffing. ...Read more
How can I prevent my friend from sniffing dendrite (a glue consisting toluene and other intoxicants)?
You can't: The best you can do is be a friend. Nagging a person to give up something they probably already know isn't wise doesn't help and gets resented. Offer that person something better to do. There is nothing good about sniffing glue, but most people don't die of it and probably don't even get seriously damaged. Don't endanger the friendship -- you may be this person's one true friend after all. ...Read more
Primary myelofibrosis?Toluene used when young, would this increase risks of myeloprol disorders along with lead poison. Lead to low igm? As get older
Maybe: Toluene may be linked to an increased risk for myeloibrosis, but there is not enough evidence to draw a conclusion. ...Read more
Depends!: Medications are neither inherently good nor bad. It's the (intent of) use that can make something "bad". Improper use, improper dose, improper frequency, improper route of administration can all make any "good" drug bad. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) used to lower blood pressure is a "bad" drug to lower cholesterol or cure strep throat b/c it does neither. Yet, it's a great drug for hypertension. Talk to your familydoc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Generally, Yes: Same is used in many european countries to treat depression as well as other diseases. That said, before taking any supplement, discuss it with your doctor especially if you are taking any other medications since many otherwise safe medications can become unsafe when combined with each other or with medications. ...Read more
No. Of course not.: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. Just think about it. Who would intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer