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Paint fumes

Is there any evidence exposure to paint fumes leads to: 1) pulmonary fibrosis   2) COPD ?
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Hello,

Oxides of the following metals have been associated with pulmonary fibrosis: Oxides of zinc, copper, manganese, cadmium, iron, magnesium, nickel, brass, selenium, tin, and antimony. Some of these metals could be  in paint fumes depending on the type of paint and when (which decade) the exposure may have occurred.

There are numerous studies that indicate that environmental exposure to particulate matter, dusts, gases, fumes, or organic antigens may also be risk factors for COPD.

Is smoking a potential exposure?

~ Dr. Parks

This answer provided to you is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this Medhelp.org posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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