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Managing the Toxic Effects of Acetaldehyde
Jul 8th, 2014 by Dennis McInerney

Acetaldehyde is a common and potent neurotoxin. Acetaldehyde is ubiquitous in the ambient environment. It is formed as a product of incomplete wood combustion in fireplaces and woodstoves, coffee roasting, burning of tobacco, vehicle exhaust fumes, and coal refining. Many individuals are exposed to acetaldehyde by simply breathing ambient air. Other environmental sources of acetaldehyde include room air deodorizers, cologne’s and perfumes1. Inhalation of air containing elevated levels of acetaldehyde can cause respiratory tract irritation, central nervous system depression and possibly pulmonary edema. Very high concentrations can cause dizziness, respiratory depression, convulsions or even death2.

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