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What happens if you are exposed to toxic fumes from the carpet?

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

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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?

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 more

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Can you get mercury poisoning from bbq charcoal? If you were exposed, could this cause hives tremors lightheadness all the time?

Can you get mercury poisoning from bbq charcoal? If you were exposed, could this cause hives tremors lightheadness all the time?

No: None of these symptoms is associated with bbq charcoal. You need to see an allergist about your hives and perhaps a neurologist about the lightheadedness and tremors. At the least , i would get your thyroid function tested. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What can happen to you if you inhale a small quantity of mold or mildew?

What can happen to you if you inhale a small quantity of mold or mildew?

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

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If you are allergic to mold say inside your house what kind of symptoms would you range from?

If you are allergic to mold say inside your house what kind of symptoms would you range from?

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

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So what if it was from farming, that you inhale dust? Does that stay in your lungs forever?

So what if it was from farming, that you inhale dust?  Does that stay in your lungs forever?

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

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What, if any, effects are there if exposed to autoclave vapors and gases? I was exposed to autoclave vapors/gases in 1984.

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

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What do you do after someone is exposed to herbicides in the field?

What do you do after someone is exposed to herbicides in the field?

Quick: Take them to an emergency room. The usual treatment is Atropine like drugs but it is not available over the counter. ...Read more

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What occurs if your body were exposed to anthrax?

What occurs if your body were exposed to anthrax?

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

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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

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Are the fumes from salons bad if pregnant?

Are the fumes from salons bad if pregnant?

More likely no: If you feel nauseated and sick you should avoid them. If you are ok you should be fine. ...Read more

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Concerned about exposure to chemicals from playing in basement. What is worst toxin?

Concerned about exposure to chemicals from playing in basement. What is worst toxin?

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

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What kind of terroristic chemicals cause you to quit sweating for months? ...They fall from skies and explode in cars.

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