Top 20 Doctor insights on: Are there natural ways to treat carbon monoxide poisoning
Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more
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
Symptoms are dose: Related, so the outcome varies. Low chronic levels can cause headaches, cherry red fingertips, and perhaps irritability. Higher amounts can lead to death, and intermediate amounts may eventuate in parkinson's, dementias, incoordination, and chronic disability. You can get levels measured in your car, garage, or home, as some heating systems provide risk. Do not delay if you suspect a problem. ...Read more
Exposure: Since carbon monoxide binds stronger to the hemoglobin molecule than oxygen, the presence of any level of carbon monoxide in your environment will eventually poison you if you do not remove it (or yourself). Combustion like burning gasoline, or other fuels can create it and if this is in a poorly ventilated area, it will linger and rise to toxic levels. ...Read more
Exposure to gases: From incomplete combustion. Burning of carbon almost always produces some carbon monoxide in addition to carbon dioxide. Human exposure results form tobacco smoking, automobile exhaust, including any machine using gasoline or diesel. Malfunctioning furnaces and indoor kerosene/coal/wood heaters are a common cause of lethal carbon monoxide poisoning. ...Read more
Some approaches: Simple ways include checking carbon monoxide levels where you live and in your motor vehicle. A blood test called carbon-mononoxy-hemoglobin can check blood levels. Early symptoms might involve headaches, confusion, light headedness or dizziness, and your fingertips might reveal a cherry red coloration. ...Read more
Chemical anemia: Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in red cells and causes chemical anemia. Mild cases may be asymptomatic. It may start as weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, cherry red coloration of skin, loss of consciousness and in severe cases, death. Chronic poisoning may cause parkinson disease. ...Read more
Overall it is rare, however each year:
400 Americans (out of 310 million) die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, more than 20, 000 visit the emergency room and more than 4, 000 are hospitalized due to this issue. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older. ...Read more
See doctor: See your doctor. A blood level of carbon monoxide can be done. ...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
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