Robert asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 month ago

I inhaled an opened jar of old pond water, how severe is this?

I have kept old pond water in an airtight mason jar for over three months. I wasnt thinking and just opened it to see if there was any life within the sample under my microscope. When i opened it the air came out like a soda bottle and the room smelled like death. I have a headache now and my throat is a bit itchy. Is this going to get worse?? What should I do? How bad is this?

Also, what elements and molecules were released?

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Just inhaled? Most probably no problem. What you smelled? Probably mostly nitrogen from the anaerobic bacteria that flourished inside the air-tight jar. Think of fart-bomb. That's all you had.

  • 1 month ago

    More than likely you smelled of gases from the organic compounds in the water. Truthfully, you sound like a bit of a hypochondriac to me.

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