Poisoning From Common Airborne Toxins


Clinical Effects

Tobacco smoke

Coughing, sneezing, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, skin irritation and secondary bacterial infections of the respiratory tract


Depression and regurgitation

Chlorhexidene and chlorine disinfectants

Irritation and dermatitis

Natural gas

Mild gas leaks (no detectable odour) - may cause subtle respiratory changes

Serious gas leaks - death

Carbon monoxide

from travel in poorly ventilated cars

Depression and dyspnoea

Aerosol deodorants

Inflammation and oedema of the respiratory tract leading to dyspnoea and occasionally death

extremely efficient.

  • Treatment of poisoning from airborne toxins involves removal from toxin

source, oxygenation and may include nebulisation.




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