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How does methanol poisoning affect the body?

Methanol has a quick and profound effect on the body. Once ingested, the body changes methanol into formaldehyde and formic acid. Formic acid begins to build up in your body, and when it does, it does serious damage to your central nervous system. The chemicals depress the central nerves, causing symptoms that may include sleepiness, confusion, difficulty breathing, seizures, or coma. They also have an acute effect on your eyes; soon after exposure, you may have difficulty seeing and things may seem dimmer. If the case is severe enough, you may go completely blind.

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What causes methanol poisoning?
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Does the route of exposure to methanol affect methanol poisoning?
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How is methanol poisoning diagnosed?
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What is the rate of incidence for methanol poisoning?
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