Inhaling Camphor Can Severely Harm You, Don’t Fall For Viral
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This is a fake news alert. A camphor potli (bundle) message has been going viral on social media for several days as reports of an oxygen crisis pour in from different parts of the country. There is no scientific evidence to back this claim.

The core content of the message says, “Camphor, lavang, ajwain, few drops of eucalyptus oil. Make a potli and keep smelling it throughout the day and night. Helps increase oxygen levels and congestion. This potli is also given to tourists in Ladakh when oxygen levels are low. Many ambulances are now keeping these too. It's a home remedy. Kindly share and help (sic).”

In medicines in which camphor is used, its concentration is kept at below five percent. The American drug regulator says camphor concentration should not exceed 11 percent in any product. A study said, “Inhalation of camphor, eucalyptus or menthol had no effect on nasal resistance to airflow but the majority of subjects reported a cold sensation in the nose with the sensation of improved airflow.”

Thus, the main ingredients suggested in the camphor potli do not even clear the air passage in the nostrils. The cold sensation makes people feel a little better. On the other hand, excess inhaling of camphor is harmful and leads to poisoning. The daily maximum dose of camphor inhalation should not exceed 1.5 mg. Several studies have warned against camphor poisoning.

An annual report on clinical toxicology by the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System in 2019 also warned against the inhalation or eating of non-medicinal doses of camphor. Such inhalation or ingestion of camphor can lead to severe poisoning within a few minutes. The adverse effect on children can be more serious.

Trusting the camphor potli viral message for treating Covid-induced drop in oxygen levels can be dangerous.

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It' s truly informative....pts are in trap of all these non proven facts and are delaying treatment .
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