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Can fumes from heating cement cause nausea and heartburn?


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Published At April 20, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 51-year-old female and a trained sculptor and welder. I create cement forms and then weld steel around them to achieve the perfect shape in steel. The cement form gets very hot under the flame of the oxy-acetylene torch and gives off a bad odor. After a long day of sculpting, I feel nauseous and experience heartburn. I am wondering if the fumes from heating the cement are harmful to my health. If so, how harmful can breathing in these fumes cause cancer, emphysema, etc?

Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

I have gone through your query in detail.

As you said, you are constantly exposed to the fumes of heated steel and cement, definitely in the long run it is not good for your lung health. Long-term exposure to cement and fumes can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also called emphysema. Prevention is better than cure. So, try to use an appropriate mask to prevent inhalation of cement dust and other fumes. Also, I suggest you do a spirometry test to find out the basic lung function and to grade COPD whether the lungs are affected.

Also to mention, it exacerbates other problems like esophageal reflux and heartburn. After cement exposure starts, if the lungs are already affected the lung function goes on declining every year. So, early detection and prevention of further exposure are the best strategies for symptom control. Salbutamol inhalers can help you to relieve breathlessness and cough symptoms.

I hope you are happy with the given answer.

Revert in case of queries.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Allergy Specialist

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