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Inhaled Chlorine Overview

Another name for Inhaled Chlorine is Irritant Inhalational Injury.

What is an irritant inhalational injury?
A person with an irritant inhalational injury has inhaled a substance that irritates the air passageways in the nose, mouth, or lungs. Irritant inhalational injuries are usually caused by a brief exposure to common household chemicals. The irritant may cause mild inflammation, or cause damage to the tissues.

What are the symptoms of an irritant inhalational injury?
Symptoms of an irritant inhalational injury include burning pain in the nose, mouth or throat, accompanied by a cough. Symptoms of a moderate to severe irritant inhalational injury include coughing up blood, breathing difficulty, wheezing, fever, rapid breathing, cyanosis, confusion, and lethargy.

How does the doctor treat an irritant inhalational injury?
Treatment for an irritant inhalational injury depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for irritant inhalational injuries may include humidified oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids, and bronchodilator medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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