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What To Do When You Inhale Too Much Bleach From Cleaning
Inhaling bleach: Bleach is a respiratory irritant. It releases chlorine gas at the cell level. Chlorine gas is a direct cell toxin. It will cause coughing can cause chest pain and can cause fluid accumulation in the lungs. Its not something you should be doing on a regular basis. - use plenty of ventilaton and never mix bleach and ammonia - that will really cause problems. ...Read more
I have a headache now that I have cleaned with bleach. Have I inhaled to much? If so, what should I do?
I think I inhaled too much bleach and degreaser while cleaning, should I not breastfeed my baby, if so for how long?
Okay to keep feeding: Make sure you get some fresh air and are in a well ventilated area, but smelling the fumes of bleach for a short period of time won't do anything to your breastmilk. ...Read more
Is there a danger of inhaling too much when using a bleach solution to clean if I then go outside and get fresh air?
Sure: The fumes of bleach can be dangerous if inhaled too greatly. Assure you have adequate ventilation when working with bleach and if you are going to work with it for prolonged times, you should wear an approved mask for such. ...Read more
I must have inhaled too much bleach while cleaning. I feel fine, but whenever I breathe in, I smell bleach. What should I do?
Rinse nose out: You may wish to try rinsing your nose out with water. The sensation will disappear on its own, but rinsing out the nose may hasten the process. ...Read more
I inhaled to much chlorine while washing the bathroom with bleach and I am having difficulty breathing. I cleaned it in a closed room.
It is imperative: That you leave the bathroom and get fresh air (out doors). Chlorine is denser than air -so don't lie in a low area. Seek medical care as soon as possible. In the United States - we usually have the fire department enter the room first to ensure that cause of chlorine gas is removed and that area is properly ventilated. ...Read more
I inhaled bleach while cleaning bathroom, hours later I can still smell it and taste it, am I going to be ok?
Should pass: If you only smelled it, be patient. It will pass. ...Read more
Accidentally inhaled a lot of undiluted bleach (idiot move I know) while cleaning. Can I still take klonopin (clonazepam)?
I’ve inhaled a lot of bleach over the past week due to cleaning a non-ventilated shower room at work. My chest hurts and I’m coughing a lot now. Help?
May not be a problem: It may be a possible problem. Check with your physician, Chlorine can cause a lung problem ...Read more
Do I need to see a dr. After inhaling too much bleach or chemicals while cleaning? My chest hurts a bit
I was cleaning my bathroom and inhaled to much bleach and it burned my eyes and I can smell or taste properly all I can smell is bleach. Thanks.?
You'll be okay: These symptoms will likely go away in a day or two. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more
Inhaled chloring gas: Chlorine gas is a potent oxydizer when it contacts moist surfaces in your throat, nose and lungs. Get to fresh air as soon as possible. When possible rinse the areas with water to dilute the chlorine. Always use bleach in well ventilated areas. ...Read more
Urgent medical care: Samantha, inhalation of chlorine irritates the lung tissue. Household exposure to chlorine vapors usually causes mild symptoms. I don't know how long ago you were exposed but since you continue to cough you may have had a more moderate exposure which can cause a chemical irritant induced asthma. it would be best to go to your nearest emergency department for evaluation and treatment right away. ...Read more
I inhaled a lot of bleach while cleaning and my lungs hurts so bad it hurts to take a deep breath?
Get checked!: You should get urgently checked by a clinician. You will likely recover ok, but you may need additional therapy - hard to tell without a checkup how you'll do - in order to assess & treat for potential acute & chronic complications. ...Read more
Would 5 min of inhaling bleach fumes while I cleaned the bathroom be cause for concern if my baby inhaled it?
No, assuming you are pregnant and it is YOU who inhaled the bleach. If a baby was actually inhaling it ALSO, you should both go outdoors and get lots of fresh air. If either is having any trouble breathing, noisy breathing or wheezing or drooling, draining, or irritated eyes and it doesn't go away quickly with fresh air, then you should see someone.
Ventilate well always when using bleach. ...Read more
I was cleaning the bathroom with thick bleach and the fumes burned my eyes and I inhaled some and all I can taste and smell is bleach, help?
Fumigate: This can be serious bleach burns are far worse than acid burns. Fumigate and irritate. Then consider a md visit. ...Read more
I was cleaning my basement floor with bleach and I think I inhaled too many fumes. I am now experiencing pain after eating and in my chest at night.
As above: My advise is see u pcp for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
I cleaned my room with bleach I didn't indigest any but I inhaled the fumes while cleaning and now I have bleach taste in my mouth should I be worried?
No, Rinse: First of all you can use soap and water or 409 to clean, even white vinegar is better. Do not use open bleach. But bleach fumes are more toxic to the eyes than oral mucosa. So if your eyes don't burn you probably did not get toxic levels of bleach in your mouth. Just rinse your mouth with warm water copiously. Inhalation of bleach fumes can also be dangerous to your lungs. Stay away from it. ...Read more
I inhaled too much zonrox while cleaning bathroom 4 hrs ago I used 1/4 pure bottle of bleach. I had head ache. What can I do to make me feel better?
Fresh are: Get out into the fresh air. The symptoms from the zonrox should abate. You should also change your clothes and shower. ...Read more
I was cleaning and inhaled to much bleach fumes. I am coughing, short of breath, burning eyes. What should I do?
I just got done cleaning my bathroom & I think I may have inhaled to much bleach. Now my throat feel uncomfortable & im coughing. What should I do?
You may be OK: This will probably clear up. Get fresh air and left the bathroom air out. Theses a small risk that the chorine beach may have caused problems. If it persists see your physician. The risk would increase if you have underlying lung disease or have had reaction to chlorine in the past ...Read more
I beleive I inhaled to much bleach when cleaning my house, . my throat is burning, extreme coughing with vomat, hurts to breath?
Ok I was cleaning my walls in my with bleach and I believe I inhaled to much bleach because now my ribs hurt and my eyes and nose running?
Bleach inhalation: I would recommend not exposing yourself to bleach in a closed environment and try using non-bleach cleansers in the future. Get some fresh air, hydrate yourself, and your symptoms should pass. If they worsen or persist, call your regular doctor. ...Read more
A few days ago I inhaled quite a bit of bleach while cleaning the bathtub. I am still experiencing a bad chemical taste in mouth and weird smell?
Few days too late: For treatment, you will be fine. Such incidences will cause immediate acute respiratory complications, you passed that stage. ...Read more
1- In 2014 I inhaled Clorox bleach for 3 hours indoor small amount 2- months later I inhaled alcohol for 15 minutes while cleaning 3- 2016 I inhaled plastic fume outdoor (6) seconds close range Did I effect my brain? Can the brain heal?? male 20
Usually some of what you have mentioned get inhaled as big and heavy particles that either get stuck in the hair of the nose or gets down to the lower airways in the lungs with the potential of damaging the lungs.
Unlikely this would affect the brain.
Why do you get yourself exposed to inhalation injuries that often?! ...Read more
I beleive I have damaged my lungs by breathing in some cleaning chemicals. What can I do about this horrible coughing fit? I was clleaning my toilet and mixed some bleach with toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and went to wipe it out and inhaled the fume
I really wish I had seen your question earlier, so that I could have responded to it immediately. It sounds like you did damage your lungs. I do not know if the damage is temporary. Mixing bleach with some toilet bowl cleaners can produce chlorine gas. To get an idea of how dangerous chlorine is, it has been used as a chemical warfare agent. Bleach mixed with ammonia is especially dangerous because it can create monochloramine or dichloramine (chloramine gases). You wonâ€™t see the gases in the air and you might not smell them because of the aroma of the chemicals you are using.
It is usually unwise to mix cleaning chemicals because there could be chemical reactions that releases toxic gases. Anytime you are cleaning a toilet with a chemical product that can be toxic (yes that includes most cleaning products), the windows should be open and the fans should be on. If you come into contact with gases that cause you to cough or experience burning, get fresh air as quickly as possible. Depending on how severely you are impacted, do not hesitate to call 911. I do recommend that you be seen at your emergency room, especially if you have lingering symptoms. ...Read more
Cleaned with bleach and from inhaling fumes felt dizzy and now have bit of a cough. In fresh air now. Will I be okay?
Do you still have: Symptoms - if so, you may need assessment. The areas you were working with will need to be ventilated. ...Read more
2 weeks pregnant. Cleaned with bleach. Did not inhale, but some may have gotten on my skin. Will this harm the baby?
Unlikely: Bleach on your skin is relatively harmless, at least in small quantities. The likelihood of harm to the baby is quite small. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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