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I am living in an old farm house that was vacant for a

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I am living in an old farm house that was vacant for a couple of years. When I first moved in there was a problem with a mouse infestation. I took action and now the problem is under control - very seldom see a mouse. My problem is that the house has electric baseboard heaters. The mice used to use these to hide as they ran along the walls. Whenever I turn the baseboard heaters on, there is an overwhelming smell of urine/ammonia. I will wake up with my eyes irritated and I will be coughing as well. I have done everything possible to get rid of the smell (may be coming from behind the walls?). Is this a serious problem? Should I move out until the problem is solved?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 5 years ago.
Doctor DanB :

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Doctor DanB :

As far as your eyes are concerned, I don't think this is a serious problem that will lead to permanent eye issues later. I suspect that it may continue to cause your eyes some significant irritation that may not resolve if the fumes aren't getting worse, though. The first thing I would recommend is using warm compresses in the morning for 5 minutes, but also to use artificial tears 3-4x/day in both eyes to help counteract the irritation. However, if after 2-3 weeks of doing this your symptoms are no better, then your hand may be forced to move out until the problem is solved. Unfortunately, I can't say that the mouse excrement is not causing a pulmonary problem and it may be ultimately better if you did move out until the problem was solved. Does that make sense?

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