Many people are surprised to learn just how common air duster misuse and addiction are. This is especially true among adolescents and teens. Air duster is cheap and easy to obtain, so teens often use it as a way to get high. Unfortunately, inhalants like air duster are incredibly dangerous. Air duster isn’t air at all. Instead, it’s toxic gasses in compressed liquid form. When someone uses air duster, the chemicals then convert into a gas. As someone inhales air duster, the fumes create a euphoric response in their brain. An air duster high usually lasts anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Along with feeling euphoric, other effects of inhaling air duster can include slurred speech, coordination problems, impaired judgment and cognition impairment. Other short-term air duster effects may include headache, sensory changes, changes in heart rhythm, tremors and dizziness.
While air duster addiction and dependence aren’t often talked about in the same sense as other addictions, both scenarios are possible. Air duster is a central nervous system depressant, and many of the effects are similar to misusing large amounts of alcohol. Air duster withdrawal symptoms are possible as well, particularly in people who have chronically misused inhalants. Withdrawal from air duster can begin anywhere from a few hours to a few days after someone stops taking it. Air duster withdrawal is a set of symptoms that occur when someone has been misusing these substances and then suddenly stops. Air duster withdrawal is usually mild, but not always.
Air duster withdrawal symptoms occur as a result of the body not having a substance it’s dependent on. Inhalants like air duster affect the central nervous system and can change how it functions after a period of misuse. Certain functions of the CNS are suppressed by the regular presence of inhalants and air dusters. Air duster withdrawal symptoms can be physical and psychological. The longer someone’s history of air duster misuse, the more severe symptoms are likely to be. Withdrawal symptoms of air duster can include:
- Irritability and changes in mood
- Runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Psychosis or seizures in severe cases
Detox is a time when someone stops using air duster, and then they go through withdrawal so that the toxins can be fully eliminated from their system. A full air duster detox is necessary to begin addiction treatment. Some people can go through air duster detox at home, but for people who use it frequently or are long-term inhalant takers, a professional detox may be required. At a professional air duster detox, the patient and their symptoms can be monitored. This can help prevent severe withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or psychosis. Certain medications can be administered to keep a patient safe and maintain normal vitals.
Also important during air duster detox is an assessment for any mental health conditions. At a professional detox, patients can not only be assessed but can start receiving treatment for mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression. These conditions may have played a role in their air duster misuse. Treating mental health conditions can help prevent a future recurrence of use. Air duster detox can usually take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the individual.
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