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What Happens If You Are Exposed To Toxic Fumes From The Carpet
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
You are likely to get sick if close to sick people indoors, but what if outdoors, are you likely to catch infections or does the fresh air protect u?
Sunlight kills germs: Yes - when we are indoors - it's much easier to 'catch' something from someone else...especially if they are NOT covering their sneeze or cough properly. The great thing about being outdoors is the sunlight will quickly inactivate any germs sprayed forth from a sneeze or cough. Hopefully a fair breeze also can waft any surviving germ particles away in the other direction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get mercury poisoning from bbq charcoal? If you were exposed, could this cause hives tremors lightheadness all the time?
Be specific: What does long hours mean ( how many). ...Read more
What is the risk of getting damaging smoke inhalation from a bonfire if the wood jumps out and smoke surrounds you but you leave the site after?
How do you feel now?: If you feel better and better as time passes, you are probably alright. If you don't - especially if you feel worse, go to an er or urgent care. You know if your respiratory system is basically strong or not. If not, check it with your doctor even if you feel pretty good so they'll have a record of the incident for future reference. Best! ...Read more
Most likely nothing: Mold spores are naturally occurring in our environment, both indoors and outdoors. We likely inhale mold spores frequently with no problems. Inhaling mold spores would only become a problem if there is a high amount, and you had a chronic condition like asthma or severe allergies to molds, then inhaling spores could cause an increase in asthma symptoms like difficulty breathing, cough, wheeze, etc ...Read more
Mold reactions: Molds are associated with humidity and thus ridding the source of the moisture is mandatory. One can become allergic to molds and develop hay fever, itchy eyes, asthma , allergic fungal sinusitis and occasionally hives. Another type of immune reactions to mold include hypersensitivity pneumonitis . The volatile compounds from molds are irritating. Get out when you can. ...Read more
NO: No, our respiratory tract (including our nose, sinuses, trachea, and lungs) has great mechanisms for clearing our airways of foreign particles, including dust. ...Read more
What, if any, effects are there if exposed to autoclave vapors and gases? I was exposed to autoclave vapors/gases in 1984.
If : If it is a steam autoclave there would only be the direct effects of hot steam which should not have long lasting effects. If it was a gas autoclave you would have to know what type of chemicals were used to determine the effects. You can find these in the material safety data sheet (msds) for that particular chemical. ...Read more
How can I know if my allergies are coming from the dog dander, the dust, or possible mold in our house ?
Can indoor air pollution from animal poop harm you if you inhale it? What are your expert opinions?
Yes: This is one reason that kitty litter boxes placement in a home is important. ...Read more
Route of exposure: If anthrax spores are introduced into the skin, it causes a local sore and ulcer and mortality is limited. Eating contaminate meat causes gastro-intestinal infection with appreciable mortality. Inhalation of spores causes the most severe disease by affecting the lungs. See this site for more info. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/. ...Read more
What should I do when in your place of work there are asbestos insulation pipes exposed and deteriorated?
Report: Report this to your immediate supervisor, if not action, report this to that person's supervisor and if not action, report it up the chain of command until there are no others. Report this to the hr person as well. Document all the reports, take pictures and then if no action, notify your local epa authority. We all work around asbestos, still, but if at risk, report and protect. ...Read more
Can you get brain damage or loose brain cells if you inhale bleach or to much bleach from mopping your kitchen floor?
Carbon monoxide: co affinity for Hemoglobin more than hemoglobin ...Read more
We are at a campfire and someone threw their sneaker in the fire .. Can the smoke harm you or toxic for me or the babies?
Very unlikely: That should not produce any major issues. ...Read more
Chemical: There are over 60, 000 chemicals most of which an be toxic. First, there may no chemical in the basement. They mey may have sprayed for bugs. There may be rat baits. Not possible to be accurate but you really want to know contact an indoor air quality expert and let him check. ...Read more
What kind of terroristic chemicals cause you to quit sweating for months? ...They fall from skies and explode in cars.
None: If you 'stopped sweating for months', you would be long dead well before a month. The human body can not survive with out sweating. ...Read more
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