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Should I hold my breath around car exhaust? Why do others not hold their breath & not worry about ill effects?

Should I hold my breath around car exhaust? Why do others not hold their breath & not worry about ill effects? Topic: Cigarette case store
July 24, 2019 / By Harmony
Question: I work landscaping and hold my breath around the diesel and gasoline powered machinery that we use. I only breath easy (fresh air) when I am driving machinery into the wind and not sitting around idling somewhere where exhaust fumes build up in the area. Also, when somebody at my work travels past me in a gasoline-powered mower, I hold my breath until the fumes pass. Also, walking across the parking lot at the grocery store, I hold my breath until I get into my car to avoid the fumes of other motorists. In the city, I travel the less-traveled pathways to my destination where there are fewer cars, buses and people smoking. Even taking the garbage cans (weekly) down to my neighborhood entrance (it's a longer distance so all the neighbors drive their garbage down to where it is picked up), I keep my car closed and wait for any passing cars to go by and don't open up my car to empty the cans out of the car until the fumes pass by. Perhaps I am being paranoid (maybe on that garbage thing?), but I don't see how breathing fumes can do my body any good when internet articles (and yes, the sources I've been reading are valid and speak the truth) show that carbon monoxide, un-burned hydrocarbons, lots of highly carcinogenic chemicals (many the same as those found in cigarette smoke) and other bad chemicals are found in fumes. And diesel fumes are much worse than gas fumes, being confirmed as a class 1 carcinogen. But here's the thing - I have a certain amount of time that I hold my breath for - like 23-30 seconds (depending on the wind speed and direction) to allow the fumes to pass before breathing again. I blow all the air out of my nose and take a deep breath back through my mouth after the fumes pass. And I get really upset with myself if I fail to do this. I have this utmost regret when I get relaxed on these standards and tell myself to not hold my breath (i.e. get tired of holding my breath and waiting for others to pass by when I could just hurry up and get my own tasks done - like the getting the garbage cans out of my car). I also notice that when I am fatigued or tired, my ability to focus on avoiding fumes deteriorates (i.e. I forget to hold my breath when somebody passes by). I also don't open the windows of my car - I keep them closed and use the recirculating air to avoid allowing the fumes on the road to enter my car when I'm driving the streets. When somebody pulls up to my house, I close my bedroom window to keep the fumes from the driveway from getting in my house. I hear that every breath we take in our lifetime adds up - be it ciggy smoke or car fumes or whatever (however small the effect) - so why not minimize the exposure and damage to health?
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Dominique Dominique | 10 days ago
If you can hold your breath all the way until you can breathe fresh air again, it's a good idea. However, if you hold your breath and the air is still bad, your recovery breaths are deeper and draw more of the bad air into your lungs. It's best to limit your activity and breathe shallow in the latter case. As for keeping your car windows closed, that's not a good idea. The air in your car is usually worse than the air outside - it usually is drawn from the exhausts of cars ahead of you. All your air conditioner does is get rid of the smell. Even recirculated air is polluted. If you really want to avoid pollution and stay healthier, reduce the distance of your commute and ride a bicycle instead of driving to work.
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Dominique Originally Answered: I have shortness of breath?
Sounds important. At least Google it & do some serious research on it. Even talk to your doc about it. As mentioned before, medications can cause this, heart issues can cause this, pollution can even cause this (high index). Hard to say cuz it could be heart, lung, environmental, mental, or who knows what else. Like someone said, keep track/find out WHEN it happens, before & after what. How long does it last? Do other family members experience this?
Dominique Originally Answered: I have shortness of breath?
Shortness of breath can come from many different areas, your lungs, heart, medication reaction. I'm not a Dr but when you say it feels like a elephant on your chest, I hear people with heart problems say that. So go and get checked out.
Dominique Originally Answered: I have shortness of breath?
Keep a diary of your symptoms, what you ate, how you felt and what time of day and make an appt with your doctor.

Carrie Carrie
I think unless the fumes are constant or close proximity there is no need to hold your breath. The odor isn't an indicator of potency. Just think about how much air the fumes are passing through and they're mainly rising. But as long as not your exerting yourself holding your breath you should be fine.
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Carrie Originally Answered: Help! I just need my breath of freedom?
I feel bad for you but please see the positive side to this. Make a plan to be successful make a plan to be happy. See your dreams everyday and say to yourself that one day i'll be able to be where I want to be. Do a little effort, with that effort you wont let yourself down. This might sound cheesy but be that soldier we were all meant to be since the day we were born. A course there might be bumps ahead of your road but look at it in a way that that bump will make you stronger. One day you will be happy and at this moment of your life that you are feeling horrible be thankful that you are one of those lucky people to be alive on earth, so do your best everyday and cherish every moment of it. Do not worry you will soon be free and Happy. : )
Carrie Originally Answered: Help! I just need my breath of freedom?
Gosh, hate is such a strong word. You must try to get on with your family - they are really important and they do want what is best for you in the long term, although they are taking a much different perspective from you. Try to detach from the frustration and anger and talk, openly. Speak to an older relative that you think might understand you. Try to assert what you want specifically, so say you want to get an education/career for example but try not to 'rant' about what you don't want and talk about all the negatives. Explain that you want to be independent and meet someone who will see you as an equal, respect and love you, as an independent person. Try to find a compromise. I wonder if it would be possible for you to have some assertiveness training. That will help you to have inner strength to formulate your argument in a calm and rational way and not argue and get angry. I know in UK forced marriage is supposed to be illegal but I don't know what country you are in and I know that it is difficult when you get emotional blackmail from the people close to you. Remember the grass isn't always greener on the other side and your culture is very focussed on pleasing your family. The extreme opposite in the west I think causes a lot of problems as people don't have the respect and take the guidance from their family. Hence young people can do anything they like, but often don't know who they are and are not doing the right thing. They can become so lost and misguided and go way off the rails, losing all self respect and dignity. You must retain that dignity within yourself and quietly make a stand for what you want, as long as you know it is reasonable. Good luck, my thoughts are with you.

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