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Consumed harpic toilet cleaner, chest pain, asthma, unable to cure infection. Suggestions?

my friend consumed half a cup of harpic (toliet cleaner ) it contains hydrochloric acid . he did not vomit after consuming . it s been almost a year and now he has pain in his chest and has the problem of asthma . he consulted a doctor and the doctor said that the infection can t be cured. but there many cases that are worse than this but they have been cured . so please suggest me somthing
Asked On : Mon, 22 Oct 2012
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Your friend is lucky that he did`nt have much damage after consuming harpic which contains acid though mild and many other chemicals. He could have developed hyper reactive airways after inhaling the fumes or some of it may have gone down his airways. He may go in for chest CT to asses the damage to the lung parenchyma and a PFT. The risk is if he has any damage to lungs he may develop broncheactasis and he may get repeated chest infections.He may develop hyper reactive airways and have asthma may develop ILD. If he has no symptoms at present.
Answered: Tue, 23 Oct 2012
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