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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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What should I do if I suspect someone has paint thinner poisoning?
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If you suspect that a child or anyone else has consumed or inhaled a hydrocarbon, call 1-800-222-122...
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What is paint thinner poisoning?
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Paint thinner poisoning occurs when a toxic substance known as a hydrocarbon is taken into the body ...
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Is paint thinner poisoning serious?
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Paint thinner poisoning can be very serious, depending on several factors. The severity varies accor...
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Are there any other treatments for paint thinner poisoning?
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Several non-medication treatments may be used to manage respiratory problems in someone with paint t...
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