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    Default Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    I have been sick for several weeks now. It started with a nasty cough. I have been to my doctor 3 times now. The first time there were no other symptoms. A week later I returned and after chest ex rays, they said I had no fluid in my lungs and was diagnosed with bronchitis.

    Now it is a week later. antibiotics have been useless. tonight I started with chest pains, dizziness, and had a huge coughing fit. I finally coughed so hard some stuff and a bit of blood came up. This was the nastiest tasting flem or whatever I have ever tasted and it made me vomit.

    I decided to have a co worker take me home and planned to return to the doctor tomorrow. after getting home I realized that this nasty taste, it seemed alot like the odor of the machine coolant from one of the cnc lathes I operate every day.

    Now I think I am starting to put some things together.

    This lathe, has a nasty looking growth of bacteria along the left side of the door where the rubber scrapes the door to keep the coolant inside when opening and closing the door.

    They recently started adding a conditioner to our coolant to help kill this stuff off.

    So off to google I go to research this coolant bacteria... OMG, I had no idea. So I find the most common type of bacteria in coolants and start to do some research on it. what I found was some very scary stuff.

    I have many of the symptoms of a bacterial lung infection or bacterial pneumonia.

    I am worried that my employer will not take me serious about what I think the cause of my illness is.

    Has anyone ever had or worked in a place where this has happened? Am I crazy for thinking this coolant is causing my illness?

    I have worked here for almost four months, and this bacteria has been on this door sense day one.

    Thanks in advance for any replies!

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    I don't think it really matters if they take you seriously or not. I would probably get a sample of the crap from the lathe, and take it and yourself into the doctor, including some of the gunk you've been coughing up. Have the doctor write something about it after they do their thing, and report it to your boss as a Work Comp/OSHA thing.

    Whatever happens tho, take care of it ASAP!! You don't mess around with bacteria lung stuff.

    Wade



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    My girlfriend had the exact symptom's you have .
    Tried antibiotics nothing worked coughed day and night no relief . Doc took cat scan had a spot in the lung
    then a biopsy of the lung
    and it was a fungus.
    I have a mill in my basement coolant was rank.
    Doc said she could have gotten the fungus anywhere.
    He didn't think it was from my shop. My girlfriend thinks she got it from work.

    Anyway before you have them do a cat scan and biopsy ask the doctor to prescribe you some difluklin
    I spelled it wrong but its for clearing up fungus. Its easier to take some pills to see if its the problem
    than to take a lot of expensive tests
    The coughing went away fast but she had to stay on the pills for 6 months.
    Hope this helps

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    its pretty unlikely the bacteria is some special exotic breed that is especially deadly. its probably the same bacteria youd find all over your body and on every surface you touch every day, but since it has a big reservoir and is right next to your face, and probably turned into an aerosol by machining, coolant mist, etc..it found a way to get alot of itself into your lungs. the solution is to find a way to be able to do your job without inhaling _anything_ coming off the machines, or at least definitely not inhaling aerosol mists



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    Bacterial infection is a serious matter that should not be taken for granted. Never ever inhale anything that is emitted by a machine. By all means, protect yourself when handling any sorts of machine.

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    Default Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    I know this thread was posted some time ago but for those of you that are currently experiencing skin rashes or broncial conditions, they may have been caused by the bacteria growth in your coolant. This growth will continue until you even begin to notice an bad odor. The coolant needs to be treated or removed if it is beyond treating. If it has gone on for a long period of time, dumping the coolant, be aware of local ordinances for dumping fluids, is not the only thing to do. The machine itself, (surfaces,hoses,drains) has the bacteria which will grow even in the new coolant. Rashes were a major problem for us caused by contaminated coolant. The bacteria loves the coolant, as the ingredients make great food. We now have a weekly monitoring schedule. We'd test the ph, the concentration, and check for bacteria. We test on Fridays, read the results on Monday and treat the coolant with an anti-bacterial coolant additive if needed. This eliminates the stench that bacteria create and so keeps the guys happy and free of skin rashes and other potential health problems. We used Bug Check BF kits to test for bacteria. Manufacturer is Avalon Int'l. Corp.



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    Default Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    Hi.....some years ago i acquired a drum of neat cutting oil that was going to be thrown out due to them changing brands etc...........long story short......I used this on a manual lathe for various work pieces and started to have a sore throat and continuous coughing .

    The warning is............with any cutting oils, especially the ones with special additives etc.......they must be used in a flood situation and not dripped on the job which will make the oil vaporize and form a fog like mist which you can inhale........the end result was I had a sore throat for 3 weeks and a cough for 3 months.

    The symptoms are like the onset for a cold or flue......runny nose, sore throat and coughing with no phlegm......there was no cure as it was a luing foreign body inhalation symptom and it eventually went away.

    The bacteria from stale and smelly soluble oil based coolant can make you very ill for some time and can also give you dermatitus which is infectious and permanent.
    Ian.



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    Default Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    Never ever inhale anything that is emitted by a machine. By all means, protect yourself when handling any sorts of machine.



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