If you or someone you are with has an exposure, call your local emergency number (such as 911), or your local poison center can be reached directly by calling the national toll-free Poison Help hotline (1-800-222-1222) from anywhere in the United States.
What happens if I breathe in hair bleach?
Breathing high amounts of chlorine gas can lead to a build-up of fluid in the lungs and severe shortness of breath that could lead to death if untreated. Immediately or within a few hours after breathing chlorine gas, the lungs can become irritated, causing coughing and/or shortness of breath.
Can you get sick from inhaling hair bleach?
Bleach and other disinfectant fumes are harmful to your lungs, precisely because they’re good at disinfecting. Their job is to kill microbes, but the way they do so will generally also kill (or at least irritate) bits of your respiratory tract. But breathing in bleach fumes once a week won’t kill you.
What happens if you swallow a tiny bit of hair bleach?
Bleach is an irritant to the skin, the mucous membranes, and the gastrointestinal tract. Accidental ingestion of 1-2 mouthfuls can cause minor mouth and throat irritation, stomach upset and vomiting.
Is it bad to smell hair bleach?
Ventilate your environment.
Bleach does release a pungent odor when used. The smell of chemicals fills up the room quickly, and it’s not healthy to breathe all that in.
How long do bleach fumes last?
The strong odor that accompanies bleach can last for days after you have used the chemical and can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue and burning of the eyes, nose and throat. When working with bleach, always ventilate the area by opening doors, windows and turning on fans.
What to do after inhaling toxic fumes?
If you have inhaled chemical or toxic fumes, you should get into fresh air straight away. Open doors and windows wide. If you are with someone who has inhaled toxic fumes, seek medical attention immediately. If they have collapsed, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance and start resuscitation.
Can still smell bleach in my nose?
The human nose can detect chlorine. irritation occurs at much higher levels. The smell is more noticeable when bleach is being used to break down the pathogens.