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Methane and Human Exposure

Methane is a natural gas present inmany places close to where we are as well. Namely, methane is a gasproduced in sewers, landfills, waste pits and many otherenvironments. Since breathing in too much of this gas can be harmfuland dangerous, you are to be extremely careful when near this gas. Itcan enter your house or office through many different factors.Still, being less dense than air, it manifests symptoms only after alonger time of exposure. Besides the above mentioned places wheremethane is present, kitchens where rotting food can be left are one of thespots of methane exposure too. Also, compost spots, potting soil andmany other things emit methane and people should be careful aroundthese, knowing that they are being exposed to a potentially harmfulgas.

Methane can be inhaled or ingested,even though the latter is less likely to happen, it might take placethrough handling dirt or soil which contains this gas, eating thecontents later. Children are prone to this. Yet, methane cannot betransferred through touch, nor can it enter your body this way.

Signs of Methane Exposure

Long-term breathing of methane willdeplete the oxygen levels from our organism. This will triggerbreathing difficulties and various problems of this type, eventuallyresulting in suffocation. This lack of oxygen may result in the lossof consciousness as well. Since our body notices that it is losingair rapidly, it tries to compensate for the loses through creatingair out of the water supplies we have in our system. Therefore, thiscan cause dehydration too.

During the course of methane exposure,you are likely to vomit and feel nauseous. These, as well ascollapsing can all be signs of methane poisoning and should be takenquite seriously. Headaches and heart palpitations are also possiblesigns of an ongoing methane intoxication. Additionally, one'scognitive problems start occurring, due to the fact that there is notenough air in one's brain.

Finally, lack of coordination, visionproblems and symptoms which are otherwise related to flu can bepresent in cases of methane poisoning as well.

Therefore, whenever you notice any ofthese symptoms, you are to react timely and get some fresh air orseek medical attention since the outcome of methane exposure mayeasily be death, given enough time. Also, make sure your house andoffice is full of fresh air all the time. Thus, ventilate often andavoid anything like this happening to you or people you care about.

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