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How can welding fumes affect your health?


Exposure to different types of welding fumes produce different health effects.
If over the years you breathe in gases, fumes, and vapors in large quantities, your health will suffer.

Short term health effects are:
• Irritation of the eyes, nose, and chest
• Coughing
• Shortness of breath
• Bronchitis
• Fluid in the lungs (Edema)
• Inflammation of the lungs (Pneumonitis)
• Loss of appetite
• Cramps
• Nausea / Vomiting

Long term health effects are:
• Chronic lung problems (such as Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Asthma,   Emphysema, Silicosis, Siderosis, etc.)
• Lung Cancer
• Cancer of the Larynx
• Cancer of the Urinary Tract
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Skin Diseases
• Hearing Loss
• Gastritis, ulcers of the stomach
• Kidney damage
• Infertility
• Heart disease

Individual toxic fumes that cause certain health problems : 

• Chromium ……Can cause breathing difficulty, sinus problems, “holes” between the nostrils, and cancer

• Manganese …..Can cause Parkinson’s Disease, which attacks the nerves and the muscles

• Cadmium ….Can cause kidney problems and cancer