Breathing in hot air, smoke, or chemical fumes can cause irritation or swelling in your air passages. Being in or near a fire can cause wheezing and breathing problems. You may not notice these problems until several hours later. Inhaling smoke or other irritants can also poison your body. This is more likely if plastics or synthetic materials were burned.
You probably had a blood test and other tests that measured how your lungs were working. You may have had a blood gas test to measure the amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and acid in your blood. Your doctor may have given you oxygen through a mask to help you breathe.
You may have a cough, shortness of breath, and pain while you heal. If you inhaled soot, you may cough up grey or black mucus.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 5, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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