Cyanoacrylate Ester and Cotton
Name: David K.
I am the Audio-Visual Technician
for Lakewood City Schools, Lakewood, Ohio.
I usually don't work with super glue (cyanoacrylate ester),
but on this one occasion yesterday,
I was mending the plastic case
of a cassette recorder and thought I would try using it.
I accidentally spilled a small amount onto my workbench,
(worn Masonite), the size of a quarter.
Not wanting to waste it,
I hastily grabbed a cotton swab (wood shaft)
and dipped it into the super glue.
Within a few seconds, the swab started to, "smoke".
I brought it close, about 8 inches,
to my face to examine what was happening
when I suddenly felt strange.
I think I may have inadvertently inhaled some fumes.
I then, quickly, took the cotton swab to a sink and doused it with water.
However, I felt strange all afternoon until I took a nap after work and
upon waking, felt as if I had a hangover.
In fact I didn't feel, "normal", until this morning, after a full night's
Chemistry has never been a strong subject with me.
Can you tell me what happened and why?
All I know is that what happened was
obviously dangerous and had I known better, preventable.
I think that you should have seen a doctor. I'm not sure
exactly what the reaction was, but better safe than sorry,
especially since you didn't feel well for some time afterwards.
if I were you I'd call the poison control center's hotline
(look in your phone book), tell them what happened,
and get their advice. I'd also still consider consulting
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Update: June 2012