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I have been exposed to a propane leak for ... well I am not sure... a year or more... possibly 3... it was the burner on my hot water heater... it got much worse over the past 6 months... I have since replaced the hot water heater... I was not thinking clearly or I would have done so earlier... my question is ... how long does it take to reverse the negative effects... or do they reverse?

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replied October 16th, 2017
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Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

There are definite short term effects but as soon as the exposure is stopped, these are usually reversible. Propane can take the place of oxygen and cause irritability, lethargy and confusion with little or chronic exposure. In severe cases convulsions and coma can also occur. You need to get a physical exam done along with a basic metabolic panel to look for any possible effect. The long term effects are variable and shouldnt persist with elimination of exposure. There isnt a specific antidote to reverse the changes associated with long term exposure.

Wishing you best of health


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