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Is it possible to feel sick from the smoke and soot left behind from the fire?

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    Overview of Smoke Inhalation

    Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death from fires.

    When you breathe in the results of combustion during a fire, this is known as smoke inhalation. The fast disintegration of a substance by heat is referred to as combustion (more commonly called burning). Smoke is a gaseous combination of heated particles. The exact composition of smoke created by a fire is impossible to predict. The type of smoke created depends on the items being burned, the temperature of the fire, and the amount of oxygen available to the fire.

    Symptoms of Smoke Inhalation

    • Cough: When the mucous membranes of the respiratory system become irritated, more mucus is secreted. Reflex coughing is caused by bronchospasm and excessive mucus. Depending on the degree of burned particles accumulated in the lungs and trachea, the mucus can be clear or black.
    • Shortness of breath: This can be caused by a direct lesion to the respiratory tract, resulting in a reduction in the amount of oxygen reaching the bloodstream. It’s possible that the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity has been reduced. This could be due to compounds in the smoke or the cells’ inability to utilize oxygen.
      This can lead to rapid breathing resulting from the attempt to compensate for these injuries.
    • Hoarseness or noisy breathing: This could indicate that fluids are building up in the upper airway, causing a blockage. Chemicals can also irritate the vocal cords, resulting in spasms, edema, and restriction of the upper airways.
    • The smoke may cause your eyes to become red and inflamed. There could also be burnt on the corneas.
    • Skin color can range from light to dark, blue to cherry red.
    • Soot: The presence of soot in the nostrils or throat may indicate the extent of smoke inhalation. Inhalation can cause swelling in the nostrils and nasal passages.
    • People are exposed to varying amounts of carbon monoxide in all fires, causing headaches. Carbon monoxide may have been ingested even if no respiratory issues exist. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Mental status changes: Chemical asphyxiants and low oxygen levels can cause mental status changes. Smoke inhalation can cause confusion, fainting, convulsions, and coma, among other things.

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