Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Doctors treat toxic illness from burning oil, fumes and dispersants; Pregnant women, asthmatics most at risk

For weeks now, local hospitals have tracked patients with suspicious symptoms coming in from the gulf coast. …
“Headaches, fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, upset stomach,” lists Dr. Claudia Miller at UT Health Science Center.
The illness is called “TILT,” or Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance. Patients lose tolerance to household products, medication, or even food after being exposed to chemicals, like burning oil, toxic fumes, or dispersants from the spill.
“Things like diesel fuel, exposure to fragrances, cleaning agents that never bothered them before suddenly bother them,” adds Dr. Miller. …
Though it’s not contagious, the best cure right now is staying away from affected areas.
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