Polymer Fume Fever
Definition - What does Polymer Fume Fever mean?
Polymer fume fever is a flu-like illness caused by exposure to fluoropolymer (Teflon) fumes. When polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is heated to high temperatures, fumes are released that may be inhaled. Teflon is often used in corrosion-resistant industrial coatings. The effects of polymer fume fever are often heat dependent, and are most likely to occur when Teflon is heated above 842°F (450°C).
Polymer fume fever is also known as fluoropolymer fever or Teflon flu.
Corrosionpedia explains Polymer Fume Fever
When Teflon is heated, the resulting fumes can produce flu-like symptoms in those who are exposed. Employees working in environments with heated Teflon should be provided with personal protective equipment.
Victims of polymer fume fever will often experience:
- Chest tightness
- Mild cough
Onset occurs about four to eight hours after exposure. In some cases, severe toxic effects can occur, including pulmonary edema, pneumonitis and death.