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Does inhaling gasoline fumes cause shortness of breath?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: could shortness of breath be caused by inhaling gasoline fumes
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes.. quite Certainly it can..

Detailed Answer:
Hello there, Welcome to HCM.

I've gone through the details and let me tell you that it is a medical emergency as 2 minutes of exposure to gasoline fumes can be quite dangerous(specially thick fumes) as you've mentioned .

Please don't panic and follow the advises as I'm mentioning below:

First of all take her to open air, away from any kind of smell and chemical products. Tell her to take deep breaths in fresh open air.

Wash of the face and eyes and any body part which was exposed to it thoroughly with mineral water for at least 10-15 minutes .

Don't try to eat or drink anything , anything at all !!

Don't even try to vomit forcefully.

Lastly and most importantly while all these is being said and done , please don't waste any more time and take her to your nearest ER for a detailed physical check up as well as appropriate management accordingly as Carbon monoxide poisoning as well as Hydrocarbon poisoning, Secondary to gasoline fume inhalation can be quite fatal and time is the key here for a faster and quicker recovery.

Wish you all the best and please don't wait up any more.

Let me know how she stays later on.

Take care
Regards
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Does inhaling gasoline fumes cause shortness of breath?

Brief Answer: Yes.. quite Certainly it can.. Detailed Answer: Hello there, Welcome to HCM. I've gone through the details and let me tell you that it is a medical emergency as 2 minutes of exposure to gasoline fumes can be quite dangerous(specially thick fumes) as you've mentioned . Please don't panic and follow the advises as I'm mentioning below: First of all take her to open air, away from any kind of smell and chemical products. Tell her to take deep breaths in fresh open air. Wash of the face and eyes and any body part which was exposed to it thoroughly with mineral water for at least 10-15 minutes . Don't try to eat or drink anything , anything at all !! Don't even try to vomit forcefully. Lastly and most importantly while all these is being said and done , please don't waste any more time and take her to your nearest ER for a detailed physical check up as well as appropriate management accordingly as Carbon monoxide poisoning as well as Hydrocarbon poisoning, Secondary to gasoline fume inhalation can be quite fatal and time is the key here for a faster and quicker recovery. Wish you all the best and please don't wait up any more. Let me know how she stays later on. Take care Regards