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I was diagnosed with COPD (Emphesema) about 3 1/2 years ago and use Spiriva daily. (I'm 65 years old) So far I have been maintaining things pretty well and do get short of breath when I exert myself a little too much. I take care of our backyard swimming pool and it has been extremely hot where I live for some time - 90 degree temps with feel like temps in the triple digits sometimes. I am very sensitive to fragrances, chemicals, pollution, yard pesticides etc. so I never use these things. But having a pool for 25 years means I have to use chlorine to maintain it. I have never had a problem as this is all outdoors. But today as I went to our shed where we keep our 3" chlorine tablets and opened the lid I was suddenly overcome by a very strong chlorine odor - the fumes just engulfed me immediately for a few seconds. This has never really happened in the past - I would just quickly grab one of the individually wrapped tablets, close the container immediately and put the tablet in the floater (only had noticed just a brief whiff of the chlorine while doing this in the past). Then as always I would thoroughly wash my hands. I don't know if it was the extreme heat and the container being in the hot shed but when I opened that lid I felt an instant rush of chlorine fumes in my nose and mouth. So far I haven't noticed anything that seems worrisome (this happened just about an hour ago) just a little burning in my eyes. With my COPD/lung problems I was wondering if I should get myself to an emergency room right away or just watch and see for now? So far there are no headaches or nausea or any coughing. Should I use my Ventolin HFA inhaler as a precaution? I did thoroughly wash my face afterwards and changed out of the clothes I was wearing at the time. Or should I just call my Pulmonary doctor's office and ask their advice? If I can get any suggestions or advice on this site I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
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