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Hello, I recently went up into an attic to take apart a dryer vent

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Hello, I recently went up into an attic to take apart a dryer vent that was clogged...anyway the attic had blown in insulation and it was very old..since the sixties...it was the pink fiber glass blown in type...I was up in the attic for about 40 minutes and i was coughing and gagging...did not wear a mask...did not know I should have....am I now at risk of any deseases or cancers by breathing that stuff for awhile?????
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrMike replied 8 years ago.

You will need to determine exactly what the insulation is made of before knowing what your risk will be.

More importantly, the effect on your airway right now is what you need to be concerned with. Often wheezing and shortness of breath can be from air blow fiberglass.

If you develope fever or breathing issues, get seen by your doctor.

Hope this helps.

-Dr. Mike

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The insulation is the pink fiberglass kind
Expert:  DrMike replied 8 years ago.

Fiberglass exposure is typically contact related and irritating.

I know of no literature that supports any cancer related issues.

It is unlike asbestos in tis respect.

-Dr. Mike

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