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What are the side effects of exposure to conentrated ammonia?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: I was just exposed to consentrated ammonia in a small closed up bathroom for about 20 minutes! I thought I was pouring wax! What danger am I in and what should I do now! I left the room closed with the window open and the vent on.
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Answered by Dr. Deepika Patil (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
depends on degree of exposure

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Welcome to HealthcareMagic

I have read your query and understand your concern.
The treatment depends upon site and degree of exposure like-

1)was there any skin contact. If yes was that area skin burnt and how much area roughly.

2)if you have inhaled fumes? Are you feeling any sensation of irritation or difficulty in breathing.

If there is no skin burns and difficulty in breathing then you don't need to worry and do anything.

If there has been skin contact then wash the area under running water for 20mins and apply curds or vineger to it. As ammonia is basic in nature vineger/curds contain mild acid which help in neutralisation.After that show in emergency room.

If breathing problem is there immediately show in emergency room.

Hope I have answered your query . If any further queries are there I would love to help.

Regards
Dr.Deepika Patil
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Brief Answer: depends on degree of exposure Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic I have read your query and understand your concern. The treatment depends upon site and degree of exposure like- 1)was there any skin contact. If yes was that area skin burnt and how much area roughly. 2)if you have inhaled fumes? Are you feeling any sensation of irritation or difficulty in breathing. If there is no skin burns and difficulty in breathing then you don't need to worry and do anything. If there has been skin contact then wash the area under running water for 20mins and apply curds or vineger to it. As ammonia is basic in nature vineger/curds contain mild acid which help in neutralisation.After that show in emergency room. If breathing problem is there immediately show in emergency room. Hope I have answered your query . If any further queries are there I would love to help. Regards Dr.Deepika Patil