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When Is Paint Dangerous
No, but: You should choose a water or latex based paint due to lower fumes and keep the area well ventilated. If you start to feel dizzy, you should stop. Most of the things in paints that we worry about have either been removed or are only a concern with repeated exposure of a long period of time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are many complex chemicals in gasoline. Most of them are harmful to health in high enough concentrations, but our bodies are able to protect us from damage. A developing fetus can't protect itself, and with some chemicals the mother's systems don't always break the chemicals down completely before the fetus is exposed. So it's best for pregnant mothers to avoid harmful chemicals. ...Read more
No: These are simple chemicals, the same as those of which the body is made. There's no danger to Baby. ...Read more
Wait till the 2nd: Trimester.Make sure it's done in a well-ventilated area & that your hair is rinsed thoroughly after application of the most natural dyes possible. Highlighting has less risk for absorption through the skin than overall dyeing, but not through inhalation of peroxide or dyes. Wear gloves if you touch the chemicals yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: Lead has not been in gasoline and publicly available paints for decades. It is also prohibited for decorating toys imported to the US. Some overseas vendors have snuck some products past the officials, but these are eventually identified and seized. ...Read more
No: Not all carcinogens or toxins are equally dangerous when inhaled. The best resource for learning about toxins, i believe, is the poison control center. ...Read more
Please don't: Lead is very toxic to the nerves and to the brain. In adults it usually just causes injury to the peripheral nerves. In infants and children it can cause severe injury to brain cells. Infants crawling on and chewing on paint chips have developed brain swelling to the point of death. Children exposed to gas fumes with lead show learning problems. Do not take chances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold"exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, sinus infections etc. The best treatment is to move out of the place where the black mold has been found until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a cracked popcorn ceiling in my room. If it contains asbestos Is this dangerous? Or would the asbestos level be too low to cause serious harm?
Have it tested: To determine whether your ceiling contains asbestos, scrape a small sample from the corner of your ceiling and send it to an accredited lab for asbestos testing or pick up a home test kit. If it does contain asbestos, it is safest to have it removed by a professional. Best not to take chances with asbestos. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
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