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What poses the risk of paint thinner poisoning?

Exposure to substances that contain hydrocarbons poses a risk of paint thinner poisoning. Inhalation is especially dangerous because hydrocarbons can cause considerable damage to the lungs or other major organs. Failure to store hydrocarbon-containing solutions such as paint thinner or kerosene out of reach could increase a child's risk of drinking and inhaling the solution. Recreational sniffing of such substances as glue or gasoline is a risky behavior associated with teenagers. In adults, siphoning gasoline poses a risk.

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Can a victim of paint thinner poisoning recover?
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Some people with paint thinner poisoning never become ill, and some who require treatment for respir...
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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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How does paint thinner poisoning affect the body?
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The airways and lungs are especially vulnerable to paint thinner poisoning. An inhaled hydrocarbon c...
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Does paint thinner poisoning affect children differently than adults?
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About half the cases of paint thinner poisoning involve young children, and certain factors may infl...
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