VA and research organizations continue to evaluate possible causes of Gulf War Veterans' chronic multisymptom illnesses, including exposure to oil well fires.
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Particles from oil well fires may cause skin irritation, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath; eye, nose, and throat irritation; and aggravation of sinus and asthma conditions. Most of the irritation is temporary and resolves once the exposure is gone.
Research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to oil well fires at this time.
If you are concerned about your exposure, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Visit the Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library to learn more about oil well fires and how they relate to your health.
Gulf War Veterans may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including:
Learn more about benefits related to Gulf War service.
VA continues to monitor Gulf War Veterans' health issues and conduct research. Past research on oil well fires and Gulf War Veterans includes: