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Toxic Exposure Exposed To Irritants
Probably not: If this were true, there would be more in the city than in the countryside and neither I nor anyone I've read about has observed this. Don't look for a cause for your acne. It's fruitless. Treat it. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will. ...Read more
Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers. ...Read more
Don't look for cause: Acne is unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle and only marginally to diet. Don't try to figure out the cause, but manage your illness until it self-cures with age. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in 2 weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength rx. ...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 extensive?: Unless you have been exposed to a huge amount ( such as in an industrial setting ) for a long time , one should have mostly a transient respiratory or nasal response. It is also unusual to get chills and nausea from exposure to household bleach. I suspect you have something else going on (viral infection?). Can you tell us more about the exposure? Of course, if the problem persists, see doc. ...Read more
Probably not measure: Cigarette smoke affects the lungs, bladder, heart and blood vessels. It might cause some subtle brain damage but the brain has significant barriers to toxins and so the effect if any is probably close to unmeasurable. The toxic effects of smoking are so obvious that quitting is the only rational pathway. ...Read more
Is acute exposure to diacetyl (in popcorn butter) harmful, or only long-term, cumulative exposure?
Possibly...: Any "chemical" runs the risk of being potentially dangerous. Now i would never deprive you of your popcorn; but i cannot foresee the future; I am not aware of any studies to date on this topic...But just follow my standard advice; 'anything in moderation' and we'll see what the future holds(besides; i can't skip to the end of this movie and ruin it for ya) cheers! ...Read more
Should survivors of pulmonary emboli avoid exposure to aresol products like air fresheners and cleaning chemicals?
Porphyria: There is a rare disorder of blood products called porphyria it was the basis for several horror movies in the old days such as the wolf man because these patients can not tolerate sun light and often have an abundance of body hair. There are several variants that make sun exposure more harmful than others. ...Read more
Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?
Chemical Toxicity: It may make you subtly ill. It will probably not be obvious. If you are sensitive to other environmental chemicals, new carpet is not a good option for you. It can also harbor mold with mold toxins. Be aware of your environment. Trust your nose! ...Read more
Probably not but...: Agent Orange contains dioxin, a toxic chemical proven to cause many serious illnesses. Muscular dystrophy is something people are born with. Agent Orange may cause Muscular dystrophy in the children of those exposed to it but isn't known to cause it directly in those exposed. See http://www.veteranshealth.org/Vietnam/AO.html A holistic/integrative physician can evaluate/treat illness from toxins. ...Read more
Food, drugs, stings: Common causes of acute hives (hives lasting less than 6 weeks) are foods, medications and insect stings from honey bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps. Most common foods: peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, milk & any dairy product, egg, shellfish, fish, wheat, corn & soy. Most common drugs: antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn (naproxen). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you develop polymyositis from long term exposure to paint , turpentine, xylene or acid fumes?
Yes: There are different household chemicals, with different hazards. Even water is a drowning hazard. And the danger is not limited to chemicals; honey can be toxic to infants, and small pieces of food can cause choking. Don't fall into the trap of thinking, "chemical bad, natural good." or if you do, at least don't include poison ivy in the "good" category. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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