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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
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
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
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
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
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
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