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Health hazard: effect of tear gas should not be underestimated

Severe irritation of the mucous membranes: effect of the pepper sprays don’t underestimate

The effect of tear gas: pepper spray, CS or tear gas should not be underestimated. Health experts warn of severe irritation of the mucous membrane. The symptoms can sometimes persist for weeks. In extreme cases, such Sprays can have life-threatening consequences.

Serious health consequences

Pepper sprays, such as pepper spray, CS or tear gas, is used in Germany by the police at demonstrations. Some people acquire such a means of private self-defense. Even Minors, it is often not hard to come to such Sprays. Health experts now warn again about the sometimes serious health problems that can be caused by tear gas.

Only in case of emergency use

With Mace you in self-defense situations übergriffige people to fend off. Actually the Sprays are subject to the weapons law, they are declared are often different, and free for sale.

As the University hospital of Freiburg, writes in a communication, are pepper sprays in Germany approved due to the very strong effect only against animals.

You should only be alienated in case of emergency – not at all purpose and easy-to-ready to – be used, because the Gas can cause severe mucous membrane irritation.

Tear gas can be life-threatening

“Pepper spray can lead to contact irritation in the eyes or respiratory tract,” explains Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Busch, Medical Director of medicine of the University emergency operations centre (UNZ) at the University hospital of Freiburg.

Other professionals, cough, and shortness of breath occur due to the Inhalation of the irritant substance.

On the skin an unpleasant itching.

The symptoms usually occur immediately or a few seconds after the Spraying of irritant gases.

According to the experts of the University hospital of Freiburg, such Sprays can cause in the worst case, even an asthma attack, and become life-threatening.

Concerned should obtain it as soon as possible a doctor.

Immediately start cleaning

To neutralize the irritants and relieve the sometimes severe pain, it is important to start immediately with the cleaning of the affected areas.

“Also on the skin it can cause irritation,” says Prof. Bush. “In the University emergency centre, we try to clean by running warm water on the affected areas, including the eyes,” explains the physician.

“If the Airways are affected, the patients with inhalations of oxygen, and substances that expand the bronchi.”

Affected, by Rubbing more irritating

“Who got the pepper spray in the eyes, you must wash immediately with plenty of clean water,” said Professor Dr. Thomas Reinhard, Medical Director of the clinic of ophthalmology at the University hospital of Freiburg.

“The Spray contained substances to attack the cornea and conjunctiva, and can lead to inflammation, the weeks continue.”

In the Department of ophthalmology will be used for the treatment of special fluids to flush the surface of the eye.

“In the case of more severe burns also cortisone injections under the conjunctiva, as well as Amnion-bowls made from human Amnion for use in order to achieve a rapid surface regeneration,” Prof. Reinhard.

“In particular, the tear production can be affected by irritation with pepper spray. This may be for affected patients in the long term, very problematic.“

Both experts recommend those Affected to stimuli not with tear gas in contact come, for example, by Rubbing. (ad)