How is paint thinner poisoning diagnosed?

The diagnosis of paint thinner poisoning is based on a history of exposure to a hydrocarbon, symptoms of lung problems, and certain abnormal test results. Even if the victim is too ill to speak, hydrocarbon exposure may be suspected if a chemical odor or paint residue is noted or a suspicious container is nearby. The victim may develop respiratory symptoms, and they may continue to worsen for days after exposure to the hydrocarbon. A chest x-ray performed hours after the exposure may show signs of lung damage. Oximetry, a noninvasive test to measure oxygenation in the blood, may also be used to assess for damage to the lungs.

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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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