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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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What are some dangers of inhaling ammonia fumes?

What are some dangers of inhaling ammonia fumes?

Lung irritation: Ammonia fumes are very irritating to lung tissue and could lead to pneumonitis. Avoid breathing them. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Hermann
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What is dangerous about inhaling ammonia fumes?

What is dangerous about inhaling ammonia fumes?

Not much: Ammonia fumes are so obnoxious that not many people will tolerate prolonged exposure. Like chlorine bleach, ammonia can be irritating to the linings of the respiratory tract. Use your head and follow your senses: if it hurts, don't do it (or just avoid over-exposure). ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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My husband accidentally inhaled fumes from ammonia and then muriatic acid about a week later. What can happen?

My husband accidentally inhaled fumes from ammonia and then muriatic acid about a week later. What can happen?

Acute effects?: These are two separate chemicals and both have acute effects. If he did not have any acute illness, he should be okay. It would be prudent to see a pulmonologist to be sure that there is no latent damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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My wife accidentally inhaled fumes from ammonia and then muriatic acid about a week later? Any harm?

My wife accidentally inhaled fumes from ammonia and then muriatic acid about a week later? Any harm?

Probably not: However, if she is symptomatic (i.e., intractable cough), a visit to a pulmonologist is in order. There is no extra cancer risk. One all-too-common mishap is in mixing bleach and ammonia -- the gas generated is far more dangerous. Your wife is fortunate to have such a devoted husband. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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I inhaled ammonia fumes while spraying it to clean, this morning. My nose has been dry and runny and I have a very itchy harsh cough. Should I worry?

I inhaled ammonia fumes while spraying it to clean, this morning. My nose has been dry and runny and I have a very itchy harsh cough. Should I worry?

Chemical Reaction: Inhalation of chemicals are critical depending on the amount of exposure, the duration, and your symptoms. Considering you have a cough a further evaluation at an urgent care or emergency room would be judicious. This way they can check your vitals and examine your lungs. Some chemical inhalation can result in a severe lung reaction which may worsen. Please get checked out as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Blackout after inhaling bleach and ammonia fumes for a long period of time?

Blackout after inhaling bleach and ammonia fumes for a long period of time?

Go to ER: Need to be checked , some times may result in pulmonary edema ( fluid in lung ) must be checked ny a physician , also possible additional preexisting problems for , blackout ' like TIA . One doctor clears you will be ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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I accidentally inhaled fumes from a mixture of ammonia and clorox. Now I have excessing sneezing, runny nose, and sense of smell seems distorted.Help?

I accidentally inhaled fumes from a mixture of ammonia and clorox. Now I have excessing sneezing, runny nose, and sense of smell seems distorted.Help?

Pls see ur MD /ER: Sounds like u had an excessive exposure, better be seen by an md, in er / urgent care, looks like chemical irritation to the mucus membrane lining ur nasal cavity and upper airway. ...Read more

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Dr. John Vravick
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Is ammonia smell in you breath a sign of danger?

Is ammonia smell in you breath a sign of danger?

Gum disease: Bacteria that cause gum disease give off certain odor or smells. I would get an evaluation from a periodontist to check you for gum disease. The longer you wait the worse these problems get. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Ross
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Please tell me what should I do if my mom inhaled bleach & ammonia?

Please tell me what should I do if my mom inhaled bleach & ammonia?

Not a problem: Breathing bleach and ammonia fumes might cause some short-term irritation in the lungs, but a one time exposure wouldn't be expected to cause permanent damage. If she's having trouble breathing it would be worth seeing a doctor for a short-term inhaler treatment. If she is doing ok now there isn't any reason for medical care. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Inhaled combo of bleach and ammonia and had a blackout and think it might be toxic coma. I said some things (bad things) and do not remember. ?

Inhaled combo of bleach and ammonia and had a blackout and think it might be toxic coma.  I said some things (bad things) and do not remember.  ?

Highly toxic: Mixing bleach ; ammonia results in very toxic fumes, forming chloramine ; possibly hydrazine. How did this happen? This could be fatal and cause serious lung damage. This was not an allergy but common reaction to powerful toxins. You are lucky to be alive. You can not be held responsible for what you said when intoxicated with these fumes- you were delusional with toxic encephalopathy. ...Read more

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