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Inhaling helium balloons can lead to suffocation and stroke

Helium is one of the noble gases and is the second lightest element after hydrogen. One of its characteristics is that it is odorless, tasteless, colorless and non-toxic. However, there is a recent phenomenon about inhaling it and using helium balloons during celebrations, but there is a report published on the Dr health benefits website, warning of the dangers of inhaling Helium for health.

The following are the main health risks of inhaling helium:


1. Increased risk of suffocation

Helium displaces oxygen in the body and increases the risk of suffocation when it is present in high concentrations. Symptoms are sudden loss of consciousness, dizziness, nausea, uncontrolled falls, seizures, vision disturbances, headaches, and suffocation. Experts have also confirmed that inhaling pure helium continuously causes death by suffocation. Within minutes.

2. It hurts the lungs

Inhaling helium directly from pressurized tanks is extremely dangerous, and a high rate of helium flow can lead to barotrauma, which leads to damage to lung tissue, and inhalation of helium can cause blockages in cerebral arteries due to air bubbles in the bloodstream.


It can lead to a temporary stroke, as inhaling helium from a balloon can make the lungs come under severe pressure.

4. Hypertension syndrome

Inhaling a mixture of helium and oxygen can cause hypertensive neuralgia, a type of reflex anesthetic effect that raises blood pressure.

5. Oxygen deficiency

Hypoxia means a complete depletion of the oxygen level, which is called "low oxygen." When helium is inhaled, cerebral hypoxia occurs, as a result of its decline in the brain, which has serious complications.

The report recommended that you avoid your children inhaling helium, which is used as entertainment and in celebration balloons.