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Dizziness, gagging, tightness in chest, dryness in mouth. Inhaled clorex. What can be done now?

A bottle of Clorox fell off of the dryer. The lid cracked and spilled everywhere. I went into Laundry room to clean up not realizing the fumes. After a few minutes I started gagging and left the room. I went back in to clean up the rest of it. Now I am having chest pains, shortness of breath. I was light headed and dizzy earlier. I just woke up with dry mouth, I am still having shortness of breath. The tightness on my chest has dissipated a bit, but still there a little. What do you think I should do?
Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Hello Ms Kelly,

Clorox contains chlorine and sodium hydroxide with additives. Chlorine is an irritant gas for skin, eyes, lungs and stomach. Inhaled chlorine is the reason for your shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Dryness of mouth is due to the effect of chlorine on the mucous membrane of mouth.

You need to be examined by a family physician at the earliest for assessment of lung damage. He could advice bronchodilator treatment (to increase the inner diameter of wind pipe). Antibiotics may be required if microbes (bacteria etc) have infected the lung. He will also ensure that there is no pulmonary edema (flooding of the minute sacs of lung, usually filled with air).

In future, take extreme care regarding storage of such chemicals. Avoid entry into a room where such chemicals have been spilled, unless proper ventilation has already removed (or at least diluted) the harmful gases.

Hope you get over your problems at the earliest and thanks for using

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