Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bleach Inhalation Home Care

Home care for an irritant inhalational injury includes:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Use a cool mist humidifier in the bedroom.
    • To keep the throat and air passageways moist
  • Use a saline nasal spray.
    • To keep the nose moist
  • If you have asthma, take full doses of your regular medications.

Bleach Inhalation Cough

Home treatment of a cough in adults with an irritant inhalational injury includes:

  • Avoid respiratory irritants, such as pollution, pollen, mold, dust and chemical fumes
  • Change A/C and furnace filters regularly.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Drink warm liquids to relieve coughing spasms.
  • Raise the head of your bed at night and sleep on your left side: this minimizes acid reflux.
  • Use throat lozenges.
  • Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.

Cough medications:

Cough medication precautions:

Home treatment of a cough in children includes:
  • Avoid respiratory irritants, such as pollution, pollen, mold, dust and chemical fumes
  • Change A/C and furnace filters regularly.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Drink warm liquids to relieve coughing spasms.
  • Use throat lozenges, but do not use them in children under 5 years of age.
  • Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.

Cough medicines:

Dosing Dextromethorphan
Childs WeightDextromethorphan Dose
22 lb (10 kg)5 mg every 8 hrs
33 lb (15 kg)7.5 mg every 8 hrs
44 lb (20 kg)10 mg every 8 hrs
55 lb (25 kg)12.5 mg every 8 hrs
66 lb (30 kg)15 mg every 8 hrs
88 lb (40 kg)20 mg every 8 hrs
110 lb (50 kg)25 mg every 8 hrs
132 lb-adult (60 kg)30 mg every 8 hrs

Cough medication precautions:

Bleach Inhalation Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have an irritant inhalational injury and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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