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Problems about inhaling methemoglobinemia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello?
Doctor :   HHi
Doctor :   How may i help you?
User :   I had exposure in my nostril and possibly mucous membrane to amyl nitrate
Doctor :   ok
User :   i flushed my sinus cavities with saline with a neti pot for 10 or so minutes
User :   am I at risk for methemoglobinemia?
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   26 male
Doctor :   and can you tell me more in detail about the exposure ?
User :   i accidently inhaled a small amount, say 1mL or less of the fluid
User :   while breathing slopwly but deeply
Doctor :   are you having any symptoms ?
User :   no
User :   and I dont see any change in skin coloration
User :   but Im not sure how long that would take to set in
Doctor :   what was the duration of exposure ?
User :   i began flushing with water within 10 seconds
User :   then with buffered saline within 1 minute
Doctor :   how many hours have gone by since this incidence ?
User :   30 minutes, maybe less
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well dont worry
User :   ok
User :   I just wanted to make sure
User :   how much more time do I have
Doctor :   you have no signs of any poisoning
User :   i meant on the chat
User :   haha
User :   no signs of poisoning
User :   i feel fine
Doctor :   and the duration of exposure was too less for any damage
User :   ok
User :   well I had a separate medical question
Doctor :   and also you were smart to take care by flushing
Doctor :   sure go ahead ask me
User :   I have been using herbal remedies, melatonin, and doxylamine to induce sleep with varying success, however I was curious about trying a z drug with a short half life
User :   the doxylamine works best, but leaves me very tired
Doctor :   ok
User :   i have had sleep onset insomnia for over a decade
User :   can you prescribe medication over the net
User :   ?
Doctor :   i am sorry that is not possible as to give you a prescription without physical examination is both unethical and illegal
User :   ok
User :   wasn't sure
User :   I guess that clears up all my medically relevant questions
User :   This is a one time billing for the chat, correct
Doctor :   yes thats correcct
Doctor :   correct**
User :   ok
User :   do you have any questions for me?
Doctor :   i guess i have answered you query, its good you were prompt in your actions
User :   yeah, i was a bit scared and began to panic, but then thought rationally and flushed with water then checked the msds
Doctor :   yes thats the right thing and you are ABSOLUTELY fine
User :   thank goodness for the internet
User :   thanks for the peace of mind, i suppose i wont waste anymore of your time
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   glad i was able to help you
Doctor :   your feedback is highly appreciated
User :   are you vegetarian?
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   no i am not
User :   ok well i am, but i will eat a piece of flesh in your honor today
User :   thanks
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   good bye
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