How do I care for someone following paint thinner poisoning?

Home care for someone with paint thinner poisoning may involve helping with treatments for lung inflammation caused by hydrocarbon exposure. These treatments may include oxygen therapy and medications. If the victim is on oxygen therapy, you'll have to learn how to use the oxygen system to deliver the correct amount. Medications prescribed to reduce lung inflammation include corticosteroids, which act on the immune system and increase the chance of getting infections. If the victim has an infection, antibiotic therapy may be necessary.

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Paint Thinner Poisoning

Paint Thinner Poisoning

Paint thinner poisoning occurs when a toxic substance, known as a hydrocarbon, is ingested by mouth or by breathing. Paint thinners, gasoline and cleaning sprays can contain these hydrocarbons. Symptoms include burning in the mout...

h, throat or stomach; vomiting; or diarrhea. A person with paint thinner poisoning may become short of breath, or even appear blue around the lips and extremities. Anyone suspected to have this poisoning should get emergency hospital care. Find out why children and adolescents are most commonly affected by this serious health condition -- plus ways to prevent and treat paint thinner poisoning -- with expert advice from Sharecare.

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