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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for fever and nausea

last night my 11 year old son exploded a can of spray paint. It covered his face and hair. We flushed his eyes with water and saline but used paint thinner to get it out of his hair, face and limbs. We immediately rinsed with water and then he had a thorough shower. During the nights he experienced chills and now is achy with a slight fever along with nausea. What should we now?
Mon, 30 Nov 2015
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Spray paint and paint thinner exposure needs to be immediately managed at at emergency setting as it can lead to short term effects like irritation, nausea, vomiting as in your child and many long lasting effects.
So, kindly take him to an ER with details of spray paint and thinner. The health care provider will measure and monitor the person's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Symptoms will be treated as appropriate. The child may receive:

-Breathing support
-Chest x-ray
-EKG (heart tracing)
-Fluids through a vein (IV)
-Tube through the mouth into the stomach to wash out the stomach (gastric lavage)
-Washing of the skin (irrigation) -- perhaps every few hours for several days

Hopefully it will be of help. Take care
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