Doctors treat toxic illness from burning oil, fumes and dispersants; Pregnant women, asthmatics most at risk
June 15th, 2010
Mysterious illness plagues Gulf oil disaster workers, WOAI San Antonio, June 15, 2010:
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.
“Be sure to wear protective equipment and stay out of areas with smell, if [you] feel sick,” Dr. Miller says. “The smells are usually chemicals that can make them ill.”
Those who are most at risk are pregnant women and patients with prior medical problems, like asthma.
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