Paint Thinner Poisoning

What is paint thinner poisoning?

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  • Paint thinner poisoning occurs when a toxic substance known as a hydrocarbon is taken into the body by mouth or by breathing. Found in such everyday products as gasoline, paint thinner, and cleaning sprays, hydrocarbons inside the body can pose a risk of great harm. Someone with severe paint thinner poisoning needs emergency hospital care, but if the hydrocarbon is determined to be nontoxic, the victim may need simply to be watched closely at home. Children and adolescents are most commonly affected.

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