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oil fumes

hi i work in a steel works and 1 of the heavy lathes leaks oil which when mixed with hot turnings causes oil smoke and fumes can breathing these fumes in cause any medical problems
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Yes, inhalation of petroleum-based fumes can cause acute and chronic health effects. The effects depend upon a variety of factors including (but not limited to) the components of oil or lubricant, concentration of the vapors in air, duration of exposure, and individual characteristics such as breathing rate.

~ 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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