Will I have to manage paint thinner poisoning on a daily basis?

You may have to manage the effects of paint thinner poisoning for up to several weeks, depending on the severity of the damage. With certain types of hydrocarbon exposure, lung damage may not occur and no treatment is needed. If problems with the lungs and airway do occur, they may resolve within a few days or up to six or seven weeks later. During this period, the victim may require oxygen therapy or specific treatments aimed at improving the respiratory system.

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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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