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How does paint thinner poisoning affect the body?

The airways and lungs are especially vulnerable to paint thinner poisoning. An inhaled hydrocarbon can be distributed in the lungs and cause inflammation to the lung tissue ranging from mild to very severe. Other problems that may develop if large amounts are absorbed include irregular heart rhythms, liver or kidney damage, and nervous system disorders. Long-term inhalation of hydrocarbons such as from habitual glue sniffing, may lead to anemia or leukemia.

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Will I have to manage paint thinner poisoning on a daily basis?
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You may have to manage the effects of paint thinner poisoning for up to several weeks, depending on ...
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Are medications used to manage paint thinner poisoning?
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Medications may be used cautiously to manage paint thinner poisoning or its complications. Although ...
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Are there any other treatments for paint thinner poisoning?
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What are the symptoms of paint thinner poisoning?
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