Am I okay now that I have in hailed helium?

I was at a school party and I inhaled helium one and a half balloons of helium and I wondered how many braincells are gone

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  • Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    ▶▶▶Is helium really that dangerous?◀◀◀

    It can be. Breathing in pure helium deprives the body of oxygen, as if you were holding your breath. If you couldn't breathe at all, you'd start to die in minutes—as soon as your body exhausted the supply of oxygen stored in the blood. But helium speeds up this process: When the gas fills your lungs, it creates a diffusion gradient that washes out the oxygen. In other words, each breath of helium you take sucks more oxygen out of your system. After inhaling helium, the body's oxygen level can plummet to a hazardous level in a matter of seconds.

    ▶▶You don't have to worry about fatal asphyxiation if you're sucking from a helium balloon at a party. At worst you'll keep going until you get lightheaded and pass out—at which point you'll stop inhaling helium and your body's oxygen levels will return to normal. Of more concern is the possibility that you'll hurt yourself when you fall down. (The boy in New Jersey bumped his head and needed three stitches.) It's far more dangerous to suck helium out of a pressurized tank: If the gas comes in too quickly, your lungs might burst and hemorrhage.◀◀

    Of course you're putting yourself in grave danger anytime you climb inside a giant helium balloon. The college kids in Florida weren't the first to attempt this stunt. In 2002, a case report from a Japanese medical journal described a similar episode: A drunken adolescent poked his head into an advertising balloon and asphyxiated. Several authors have also reported cases of suicide by helium inhalation.

    Death by helium still seems to be quite rare. U.S. Poison Control Centers reported only two fatalities between 2000 and 2004. There's still an outcry from concerned parents whenever helium inhalation makes its way into popular culture. Federal Express had to pull a commercial that depicted the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz sucking balloons to keep their voices at a high pitch. Geoffrey, the Toys "R" Us giraffe, got a slap on the hoof for doing the same.

    At the same time, doctors use a mixture of helium and oxygen (called "heliox") to help patients with upper-respiratory blockages. The treatment works because the helium is a very light gas, and it's easier to push it through an obstructed airway. (We get funny voices when we inhale helium because the lighter gas changes the resonant frequencies of our vocal tract.)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know how many braincells are gone, but it doesn't kill that many one time. Just don't do it too much and you'll be fine. I do it all the time with my friends and we are fine. Believe me, im sure. have a nice day!

  • 1 decade ago


    do not listen to anyone when they tell you that your brain sells will die off.

    you are fine, your not any stupider.

    and i bet it was funny when your voice got all high pitched.

    the only thing helium can do to you is get your high for about 5 to 10 seconds.

    its not bad either.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    trust me, do not do it.

    in your bloodstream, when CO2 builds up it makes you unfomfortable. but as in HE there is no oxygen to turn to CO2 you could just pass out / drown without even knowing it.

    if you want to get a funny voice, hold the kneck of the baloon about 8 CM away from your mouth to prevent this.

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  • 1 decade ago

    in hailing helium doesn't effect brain cells. if you inhale to much you can suffocate.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    inhaled helium? at least it wasnt laughing gas

  • 1 decade ago

    Judging by your spelling of "in hailed" I'd say you lost quite a few brain cells

  • You mean inhaled?

    You're voice will go REALLY high for awhile, but you should be okay.

  • 1 decade ago

    Judging by your decision to do such a thing, I don't think that there were any to begin with, so I don't think you have to worry that you lost any.

  • 1 decade ago

    wow didnt know it had any other affect on you except a funny voice, you should be fine

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