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Are kerosene heater fumes toxic or medically harmful ?

My husband, age 58, works in the garage with two kerosene heaters blasting, the smell is outrageous. What symptoms might he experience by inhaling the fumes for 8 or more hours at a time. ps, he keeps the outside garage door closed to stay warm. Thank You, Karen
Asked On : Sun, 13 Mar 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Symptoms after inhalation of kerosene fumes include drowsiness, fever, a rapid heartbeat, tremors, and severe pneumonitis.
Answered: Sun, 13 Mar 2011
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Homeopath Dr. Arif. K. Kaware's  Response
hi karen;
welcome to healthcare magic.
Inhaling of any fumes of hydrocarbons is toxic to our body so kerosene fumes are definitely dangerous.On top of it if he is keeping door closed he is blocking the exhaust & ventilation;so it even more dangerous.These fumes damage lungs & the person suffers from respiratory diseases.If it is not possible to change the work or the place please tell him to keep cross ventilation so that the damage will be less.
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Answered: Sun, 13 Mar 2011
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha's  Response
kerosene fumes are definitely toxic and might cause him to black out as the carbon monoxide released will cross the blood brain barrier. He might also have symptoms like nausea, vomiting, chest discomfort, plapitation, etc
Answered: Tue, 15 Mar 2011
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