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Smoke Inhalation Treatment

Treatment for smoke inhalation may include intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, and bronchodilator medications. Treatment for severe smoke inhalation may require a ventilator to support breathing. Smoke from a fire may also contain cyanide, leading to cyanide poisoning.

Treatment for smoke inhalation may include:

Medications used as antidotes for cyanide poisoning include:

For more information:

Smoke Inhalation Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of smoke inhalation.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Smoke Inhalation Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat smoke inhalation:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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