Toxic Chemical Substances

A toxic chemical substance is known as a substance that can be poisonous. Chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxin are hazardous. Products used in daily activities such as household cleaners, alcohol, gasoline, and cosmetics are toxic.

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Will doing limbal epithelial surgery on my right eye pose any risk to my other eye?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old male. One year ago, there was a chemical injury to my right eye caused by cement. An amnio graft surgery was done immediately following the injury. Recently, a slit lamp examination, post-dilated examination, and a fundus examination were conducted, and my right eye...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Chemical injury damages the cornea and the vision is also compromised. You had an amniotic membrane transplant in the past, which is a good procedure. Now, if you have been diagnosed with limbal stem cell deficiency and a s...  Read Full »

What is the risk of ethanol inhalation?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know if there is a short-term health risk due to the inhalation of 70 % ethanol and isopropyl alcohol. I do not mean the hand wash, but the pure liquid, which I use for electronic repairing and cleaning. I almost always use an organic vapor mask or gas mask. If I work long...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to An occasional brief exposure of not more than two minutes, as you mentioned, can be done without a mask. However, it is always recommended to use protection when dealing with poisonous gases, especially when you are working in that environment regularly. For more infor...  Read Full »

Why is my penis burning after washing it with a shampoo?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old male, and I did put a lot of lousy shampoo full of chemicals on my penis while showering, and two days later, it started burning when I pee. It is the fourth day since it started burning, and it hurts like nothing before. There is also grey or yellow liquid coming from...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Using shampoo and soap can cause irritation and burning when you pee, but usually, that issue continues only for two to three days and without urethral discharge. Kindly let me know if you had any unprotected sexual intercourse recently? If yes, then you need STD (sexu...  Read Full »

What are the long term effects of lead toxicity?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. When I was a child, I used lots of lead-containing jewelry, accessories, and dinnerware. My family members were also using lead-containing items in my house. I have not done any blood lead level tests. It has been ten years now since after getting the bulk of...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When you have lead poisoning or toxicity, you can develop some symptoms such as rashes on the neck with itching. You can do blood tests before getting conceived. If you have it, then your doctor can prescribe some medicines to help you and mostly it will not affect ...  Read Full »

I got exposed to a small amount of ethidium bromide. Will I get cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I just now had a 3 to 4 seconds exposure to UV radiation when using agarose gel electrophoresis. Also, yesterday when preparing to run DNA, a small amount of Ethidium bromide landed on my finger. I immediately washed it with water. What is the possibility that these may cause a skin mutat...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You did the right thing washing the exposed area of your skin. You should not worry as the exposure time is very short and exposure was only to a small amount of Ethidium bromide. I doubt you will have blisters or redness or itching. You have to be very careful while usin...  Read Full »

Does BPA overexposure cause problems with erection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old and have recently been having problem with erection and loss of sexual energy. These symptoms started about two months ago and have been slowly getting worse. There are several factors that I believe are contributing to this, but one in particular is exposure to BPA. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Erectile dysfunction can occur because of many reasons. The most common is psychological that is excessive stress, performance anxiety, etc. Also, smoking and alcohol are major factors contributing erectile dysfunction. If you have night erection (erection during sleep...  Read Full »

Can pepper spray cause permanent damage?

Query: Hi doctor, Could an accidental use of pepper spray cause any permanent harm to eyes?  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it may cause permanent harm. But, the injury depends on the type of damage done to the eye. Otherwise, it can be washed immediately and get the treatment done to prevent any permanent damage. For further information consult an eye care ophthalmologist online -...  Read Full »

How to help my brother with stomach irritation and breathing difficulty due to toilet cleaner intake?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother is under psychiatric treatment and for the past few days, he had suicidal thoughts and yesterday, he drank 100 ml of toilet cleaner. We took him to the nearby hospital and got his stomach clear. His pulse and BP were normal and doctor prescribed syrup Ulgel and asked to gi...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As he drank a chemical (toilet cleaner is an acidic chemical), he will have erosions in his stomach leading to acid secretion. This acid may regurgitate through food pipe when he lies down to cause cough. There is a possibility of aspiration (entry of chemical into the ...  Read Full »

I have throat inflammation after drinking phenyl. What shall I do now?

Query: Hi doctor, I drank about 5 mL of white phenyl disinfectant. Following which I had a headache and took Allegra and Avil tablet. There is inflammation in my throat and ear. Today, I took Pantos tablet, Sucralfate and Oxetacaine suspension and Ultracet. What shall I do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Obviously, you will have some complications of the chemical substance you have drunk. Mucosa of upper gastrointestinal and respiratory tract is more sensible to react against chemicals than the stomach. Also, you have protected your stomach somehow by using Allegra (Fexo...  Read Full »

I got a tiny bit of the flea killer in my mouth and lip. Will it harm me?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old. About three hours ago, I was fleaing my dogs when I got a tiny bit of the flea killer in my mouth and on my lip. It was not alot. Will it harm me?  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Flea killer contains ingredients that are harmful to humans but since just a tiny amount got into your mouth then its effect will not be poisonous. You need to wash your lips thoroughly with soap and water, gargle your mouth with water and spit it several times. Drink p...  Read Full »

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