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What is paint thinner poisoning?

Paint thinner poisoning occurs when a toxic substance known as a hydrocarbon is taken into the body by mouth or by breathing. Found in such everyday products as gasoline, paint thinner, and cleaning sprays, hydrocarbons inside the body can pose a risk of great harm. Someone with severe paint thinner poisoning needs emergency hospital care, but if the hydrocarbon is determined to be nontoxic, the victim may need simply to be watched closely at home. Children and adolescents are most commonly affected.

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How is paint thinner poisoning diagnosed?
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The diagnosis of paint thinner poisoning is based on a history of exposure to a hydrocarbon, symptom...
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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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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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Does someone with paint thinner poisoning require hospitalization?
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A person with paint thinner poisoning is generally examined in the emergency room, where the physici...
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