How To Clear Lungs Of Spray Paint? 15 Important Steps.

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I was recently working on a project with my friends, and it involved lots of spray paint. About an hour into the project, I started coughing. At first, I thought nothing of it no one really ever does. However, by the end of the day, I coughed up two big chunks of paint that had settled in my lungs from the spray painting. I had to do a lot of research, and some trial and error before finding out How To Clear Lungs Of Spray Paint, so hopefully this article will save you time and effort!

I tried everything: coughing more, breathing in the fresh air, taking hot showers but nothing worked. So where did I go from here? I did some research, and let me tell you getting rid of spray paint in your lungs isn’t easy. I think the most important thing is to keep trying different things until you find one that works for you or until you get sick of it and your coughing stops on its own.

How To Clear Lungs Of Spray Paint

Here are some techniques people have tried:

  • Wash out your mouth with soap and water.
  • Use vinegar to reactivate the paint, then spit it out again.
  • Exhale into a paper bag for ten minutes (repeat as needed).
  • Steam up the bathroom using a shower or bathtub faucet or use an old steaming tea kettle or pan filled with water and bring to boil. (Make sure the room is tightly closed).
  • Light up some candles, turn off the lights, and inhale the smoke of the candle.
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Once you’ve tried all of these things or if none worked for you it’s time to call your doctor. Make sure that when your doctor gives you an X-ray, they use a very fine film that will show up very small particles of paint. If after trying all of the above and your coughing hasn’t gone away, go to the doctor and make sure you get a chest X-ray.

Sometimes it takes more than one treatment to clear the lungs of spray paint, so don’t worry!

15 Steps How To Clear Lungs Of Spray Paint?

15 Steps How To Clear Lungs Of Spray Paint?
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Step 1: Take a big breath in through your nose and hold it.

Step 2: Before exhaling, close your mouth and pinch your nose shut with fingers on both sides of the bridge of your nose.  Now you should be breathing out of your mouth. Keep holding that breath for as long as possible; then come back with a fresh gasp of air.

close your mouth and pinch your nose shut with fingers

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until there is no more paint in your lungs. Do not attempt to breathe without holding your nose shut until you have completed this procedure several times. First, because you will pass out if you do not have enough oxygen in your bloodstream, but also because you will not be able to clear your lungs of the paint.  If at any point you feel yourself start to become lightheaded, stop the procedure and breathe normally again.

Step 4: If you have access to a ventilator, hook yourself up to it and breathe in 100% oxygen. Remove the paint from your lungs more quickly, but watch out for exploding spray-paint cans!

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Step 5: Unless you are hooked up to a ventilator, be careful not to hyperventilate. If you feel light-headed, stop and breathe normally for a while before continuing with this procedure.

Step 6: If you have a cold, it might be a good idea to let the paint sit in your lungs until you get over it. That is if you have access to a ventilator or constantly have someone around to monitor your breathing.  If you are by yourself, however, it is probably better to get rid of the paint in your lungs as soon as possible.

Be aware that this process may induce vomiting.
Be aware that this process may induce vomiting

Step 7: Be aware that this process may induce vomiting.  To prevent aspirating any vomit into your lungs and damaging them further with the chemicals in it, be sure to pinch your nose shut again before you start coughing.  If you do not know what aspirating means, it is not recommended that you attempt this process without somebody around.

Step 8: Imagine that the paint in your lungs smells like spray paint.  It probably doesn’t because it has already passed through your olfactory nerve, but for some reason, it helps.

Step 9: Remember that there are chemicals in spray paint that are very toxic and can cause serious damage to your lungs if you do not get them out of there quickly.  You also do not want them spreading through your bloodstream to other organs in your body because they might poison you too!

Step 10: How much paint you have in your lungs is dependent on how long you were huffing for, and how big of a can you were huffing.  The bigger the can, the more likely you are to have an embolism or rupture of blood vessels in your brain, or if not that at least feel like crap for a couple of days.  The longer you huff, the more paint there is in your lungs and the greater damage is done to them along with possible brain damage.

Step 11: Spray painting your nails or eyelids or whatever it is that girls do to themselves these days may not actually be as bad for you as doing it on your chest or something, but is still a bad idea.  Doing this for a long time may cause your nail polish to get in your lungs and give you lung cancer.

Step 12: If you do not have a way of clearing your lungs of spray paint, it might be a good idea to go see a doctor ASAP!  If possible, show him or her this article so they are aware of the dangers of being paint-poisoned.

Step 13: If you are in a hurry to clear your lungs of spray paint but do not have access to a doctor or ventilator, you can instead try slamming yourself around while holding your nose shut and then breathing normally afterward. This can help to clear your lungs of most of the paint, but will also cause you great amounts of pain and may result in serious damage to your lungs.

Step 14: A cold shower followed by a hot one is good for getting rid of spray paint in your lungs too.  As is calling 911 or the poison control hotline.  Emergency professionals have lots of experience in clearing lungs of spray paint and will be able to do it much more safely than you.

Step 15: If all else fails, take a big breath and let your chest explode like a water balloon!  This is the best way to get rid of most of the spray paint in your lungs without too much pain.

What Do You Do If You Inhale Spray Paint?

If you’re on an airsoft field and your cover is blown, you need to be able to quickly clear your lungs of spray paint. If you’re just messing around in the garage with your buddies, you need to know how to clear your lungs of spray paint.

The best option is to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. If you fear your injuries will raise suspicion, you could try the following methods:

  • 1) Cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth. Hold your breath for as long as you can, then exhale. Repeat this cycle until the urge to cough subsides.
  • 2) If you have water, rinse your mouth and gargle with it. Then spit it out into a bucket or sink. If you do not have water, exhale into a rag or other cloth. Repeat the cycle until the urge to cough subsides.
  • 3) If you have a second person willing to help, they can massage your back or abdomen. This is meant to stimulate the coughing reflex and prompt you to spit out the paint.
  • 4) If you have an antacid, take it orally or hold it against your cheek or tongue. Eventually, the base should react with the paint and cause you to spit it out.
  • 5) Place a small amount of water or saliva in the back of your throat and swallow, this will eventually bring up much of the spray paint. If nothing else works, induce vomiting by sticking a finger down your throat. This should only be done as a last resort.

How Do You Get Rid Of Paint Inhalation?

Inhalation of spray paint can cause irritation to the mucus membranes of your lungs. Some types of spray paint may also contain chemicals that are known carcinogens that can cause cancer. The best way to get rid of inhaled paint is by resting and drinking water. Over-the-counter allergy medication (e.g., antihistamines like Benadryl) can also help reduce the effects of inhaling paint.

Home Remedy For Inhaling Paint?

It might sound a bit counter-intuitive but according to some doctors, drinking milk is the best way for your lungs to clear themselves of that aerosol tan you just inhaled.

“Drink as much as you can as soon as possible,” said Dr. Joshua Wohltman, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The reason for this is that milk contains a protein called casein, which cloaks the cancer-causing chemicals in paint and helps remove them from your body. The key to drinking milk is to do so as soon as possible after inhaling the fumes, Wohltman said. This means within 10 minutes of exposure to the chemicals. While drinking milk can clear your lungs of paint, smoking will not.


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Final Word:

Rustoleum spray paint inhalation and ingestion of spray paint can cause serious health problems. If you want to keep your lungs and your body healthy, it is very important that you understand how to properly remove this harmful chemical from the inside of your body.

Inhalation: First, look for a way to get fresh air, such as opening a window or going outside. Inhale as much fresh air as possible. Next, you will need to use a paper bag to remove the paint from your lungs. Breathe as deeply as you can into the paper bag until no more paint comes out of your mouth. This may take several minutes and it is important that you do not stop too early or hold your breath while doing this.

Repeat this process until there is no more paint coming from your mouth. Do not use a plastic bag or any other type of bag to do this, as the pressure change could cause it to explode and harm you. If you need help, get someone else to breathe into the paper bag for you while you exhale into it. You can also use a paper towel or something similar to remove the paint from your lungs.

Ingestion: If you swallowed any of this paint, drink some water and try to vomit it up. If you need help, get someone else to make you throw up by sticking their fingers down your throat, or tickling the back of your throat with something that will help you vomit. Do not eat or drink until all paint is gone from your mouth. If vomiting does not work, you will need to see a doctor immediately.

It is also important to get yourself checked out by a doctor after removing the paint from your lungs, because you may have breathed in other harmful chemicals along with the paint. They will be able to tell you if you need any other treatment.

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