I need to know if lacquer thinner (Glitsa) destroys brain cells?

I recently started working for a wood flooring company about 3 month now. I was asked to help a guy that was dumping a bucket of lacquer thinner. I did not have my respirator and head to breathe the thick fumes for 60 seconds. Afterwards I had I headache and felt a bit off. The wood finisher brand we use Glitsa was banned in California. Googled it and I’m FREAKING OUT lacquer thinner and other chemicals can cause damage to the Brain, Lung, Kidney + birth defects and cancer. This is supposedly long term exposure. But it seems to me that 1 time exposure could cause irreversible Brain damage. I need to know the true do chemicals headache, mean you are killing Brain sales or is that a math. If you were slowly killing Brain sales you may not even notice until it was obvious. This week i FELT AS IF I can’t concentrate or think as clearly. More concerning my left eye has be blurry like I have been staring at a bright light. Blotchy like I went form a dark room in the sunlight and aching. It may be unrelated butt its never happen before this all start roughly 4 day ago. How dangerous are there chemical. Thanks

Age: 24
medications: no medication

2 Comments on “I need to know if lacquer thinner (Glitsa) destroys brain cells?

  1. Breathing in dangerous chemical vapors can cause immediate – acute reactions and long term – chronic reactions. In your case, based on the info you have provided, you have not been exposed to this chemical on a long term basis so there will be no chronic reaction. You may have had an immediate reaction but based on your symptoms, they seem to be minor and will probably disappear shortly. There will be no long term consequences on your brain. You need to keep in mind that although this product – now- is considered dangerous some people have been working with these products for years on a regular basis and have had no reaction. So once the acute reactions disappear you will be back to normal.

  2. Hi.
    Lacquer thinner contains a mixture of solvents that has the ability to dissolve a number of resins and plastics that are used in modern Lacquer.

    It jas a strong odour, ot is toxic and flammable.

    As far as toxicity is concerned ot depends on the factors like:
    -Duration and concentration of a single exposure.
    – Recurring exposures or chronic exposure.

    So in your case it was a short single exposure that does not seems to be causing any permanent damage.

    So do not worry.

    However in future please take care to use proper protection before exposing if at all it is needed..

    Hope this information helps.


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