Scary Breathing Problems

pgcleaner

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I had a scary experience yesterday. I had to stop halfway through a big job ($500) because I couldn't breathe. I felt a tightness in my chest and fatigued. If I tried to take a deep breath I would cough. I feel better today but I still feel pressure when I take a deep breath and hold it in. I am a young very fit man, so I was not used to the feeling.

Could it be the steam vapors combined with chemicals and nasty stuff from the carpets?

Has anyone experienced an acute breathing problem like this?

I was using my TM with Vacaway's Dynamite and Detonator normal dilution. I have never had a problem with respiratory irritation from chemicals. Makes me want to switch back to Procyon or buy an OP machine.
 

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I've experienced acute breathing problems a total of 3 times since 1987. ALL THREE TIMES IS WAS BECAUSE OF A CLEANER I WAS USING AT THE TIME. One traffic lane cleaner I purchased locally almost immediately made me have heart palpitations and I began to have severe difficulty breathing literally within seconds of spraying it mixed according to directions in a pump up sprayer on to one bedroom. I am pretty sure the Butyl Cellosolve in it was the culprit that caused my breathing and heart problems. I immediately went outside, sat down, and passed out for a few minutes. It was a good thing I sat down first!!! The other 2 times I had asthma like attacks and I've never had asthma or breathing problems other than these 3 times in my entire life.

If this happened during cleaning I would strongly suspect you may be sensitive to something in the cleaner you were using, possibly one ingredient. I don't want to give medical advice so you're on your own with that. My symptoms went away in a few hours and I was fine. On one occasion the breathing was so difficult I went to a local pharmacy and bought an over the counter inhaler which gave me almost instant relief. I would say if your symptoms persists you may want to get checked out by a doctor. All 3 times for me I felt fine later in the day and had no lasting effects.

Just an added thought. I know a LOT of cleaners are bad about mixing this and that product together because they think it will "nuke" the carpet that is so nasty it needs to go into the landfill. I seriously doubt if there is not a carpet cleaner alive that hasn't mixed some stuff together that that shouldn't have. You are playing Russian Roulette when you do that. It could leave you dead on the floor if you mix just the right combo that gives off toxic gas and you inhale it or it causes you to go into respiratory arrest and you die. I'm not saying you did that, just giving a warning.
 

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It was probably from something in the carpet. Maybe a combo of things. Something the custy used maybe.
 

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Theres weird sht that will stop you from breathing. For instance my parents garden hose. But only the one. When you first start spraying it. Something closes up my lungs making taking a breath near impossible. It passes pretty quick. I can only assume that its mold or mildew in the hose that causes this.
in cleaning I’ve only experienced similar reaction it with POG.