The dangers of breathing sewer gas are hydrogen sulfide poisoning and asphyxiation, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Inhaling very high levels of hydrogen sulfide can lead to immediate loss of consciousness and death.Know More
Sewer gas consists of varying levels of toxic and non-toxic gases depending on the source, says the Wisconsin DHS. It results from the decomposition of household and industrial waste, and it smells like rotten eggs. Hydrogen sulfide and ammonia are highly toxic components of this gas. Exposure to small levels of hydrogen sulfide irritates the eyes and respiratory tract. It also causes headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea and nervousness. Exposure to high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide sometimes causes people to experience a loss of sense of smell. Sewer gas is fatal at extremely high levels. It contains methane, which decreases the amount of oxygen in the air and leads to suffocation. When oxygen deficiency occurs, a person is likely to experience headache, dizziness, nausea and unconsciousness. Death can occur immediately when a person is exposed to very low oxygen concentrations.
The Wisconsin DHS states that floor and sink drains must be flushed with water to prevent pipe traps to the sewer from drying. The roof plumbing vent should also be checked regularly for blockage from debris, such as bird nests or leaves.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
When an individual inhales toxic chemical fumes, he or she is likely to experience difficulties in breathing, inflammation of lungs, pneumonia and swallowing problems, which can be life threatening. The most inhaled chemical fumes include chlorine gas, Grain and fertilizer dust, noxious fumes from pesticides and smoke.Full Answer >
The symptoms of lupus include headache, fever, painful joints, chest pain during breathing, hair loss, blood clotting, ulcers, high light sensitivity, fatigue, anemia, and white or blue color on the fingers when cold. These symptoms appear and go during the course of the disease. Typically, people may have different symptoms of the disease and it may also depend on the part of the body that is affected.Full Answer >
HowStuffWorks states that placing sugar on the tongue, swallowing honey, breathing into a paper bag, taking an antacid and drinking a glass of ice water are all effective methods for stopping hiccups. Some of these methods overstimulate the vagus nerve to stop the hiccups, while others increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the body.Full Answer >
"Popcorn lung" is a colloquial way to refer to bronchiolitis obliterans, an incurable condition that scars the lungs, causes cough and inhibits breathing, says MedicineNet. Bronchiolitis obliterans gained the nickname after several workers were diagnosed with the disease as a result of working in a Missouri microwave popcorn factory.Full Answer >