Inhalant Abuse | Symptoms


How can I tell if my child is abusing inhalants?

It can be hard to recognize the signs of inhalant abuse. Teenagers who use inhalants may have some of the following signs:

  • Chapped lips or face
  • Paint stains on their hands and clothes
  • Runny nose
  • Strange odor on their breath
  • Bloodshot eyes

They may complain of headaches, dizziness, trouble remembering things, trouble sleeping or vision problems.


Recognition and Prevention of Inhalant Abuse by CE Anderson, M.D., and GA Loomis, M.D. (American Family Physician September 01, 2003,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 11/04