Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chemical Inhalation Home Care

Anyone with a toxic inhalation requires prompt medical care.

Home care for toxic inhalations includes:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you have asthma, take full doses of your medications.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Chemical Inhalation Cough

Home treatment of a cough in adults with a toxic inhalation includes:

  • Avoid respiratory irritants, such as pollution, pollen, mold, dust and chemical fumes
  • Change A/C and furnace filters regularly.
  • Do not smoke and 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:

Chemical Inhalation Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a toxic inhalation and any of the following:

Continue to Chemical Inhalation Outlook

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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