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Are There Natural Ways To Treat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Oxygen and removal: Carbon monoxide causes its toxic effects by displacing oxygen in the blood. It is treated by removing the person from the carbon monoxide source and giving supplemental oxygen. There is some evidence suggesting that hyperbaric (high-pressure) oxygen speeds the recovery process. ...Read more
Best is prevention: If any question of heating system problems in home, or issues with an automobile, get addressed asap. If already exposed, and some neurological residua, seek neurological attention. Cognitive problems might respond to memory enhancing agents, the parkinsonian issues perhaps with Dopamine agonists, etc. ...Read more
Carbon monoxide: I am concerned that you are contemplating suicide. Life is so full of potential and so are you. Your local ER/fire department can assist you with non-lethal CO advice. Please seek treatment. CO has many effects. If you are upset / depressed thinking of suicide call 911, or 1-800 273 8255 .Please visit your ER or local fireman today. ...Read more
Many: Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, blurry vision, fatigue and lightheadedness, and progress to alteration of conciousness rather quickly. You should have a carbon monoxide detector (with charged batteries!) in your house to determine if there are unsafe levels in your home. Please go to the er immediately if you suspect poisoning; they will check your blood and get treatment started. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anoxia: Carbon monoxide if inhaled, fits into the oxygen carrying site on hemoglobin even better than oxygen. This means your body will be deprived of this critical element. It is as if a tourniquet were applied around your neck. You will appear bright red but since the redness is from the wrong chemical, your cells will die due to oxygen lack. This is an extreme emergency. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Exposure: Carbon monoxide has a stronger affinity (bonding) to the red cells hemoglobin molecule than oxygen, so the presence of increased levels of carbon monoxide in air can gradually displace the oxygen.As it circulates in the blood, the hemoglobin is not carrying useful oxygen, so the cells starve and the poisoning occurs.Cell death can occur if oxygen does not return in time. ...Read more
CO poisoning: Carbon monoxide (co) poisoning is a serious problem with acute and long-term complications. If there any suspicion that you may have co poisoning you need to get to a hospital immediately and get the proper treatment. Do not waste time with home "remedies" because time is off the essence. Of course getting out and away from the source of co to get fresh air (oxygen) is the immediate best response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just a few caveats: Best to avoid contact with carbon monoxide. All homes should have detectors, they are cheap and work well. Beware of some older cars, as exhaust systems may leak and enter vehicle especially in wintertime. At high altitude, always risk with inside fires, especially cooking with charcoal. Signs of early exposure include headaches, dizziness, and cherry red coloration at tips of fingers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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