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Carbon monoxide poisoning. Help?

Carbon monoxide poisoning. Help?

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

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Can COPD patient on oxygen get carbon monoxide poison?

Can COPD patient on oxygen get carbon monoxide poison?

Not usually: Carbon monoxide is found in cigarette smoke, out of car exhausts, and other places. Simply being on oxygen doesn't mean that you can get carbon monoxide poisoning, unless you get exposed to it. ...Read more

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Can inhaling incense smoke cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Yes.: The burning of both traditional incense and the drug of abuse "herbal-incense"creates carbon monoxide. A significant dose of carbon monoxide in an unventilated space, especially in a susceptible individual can lead to co poisoning. Please be responsible and safe. ...Read more

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Checking oxygen saturation for person with carbon monoxide inhalation, any suggestions?

Use ABG: The problem with co monoxide poisoning is that the co binds tightly to the hemoglobin and if you use saturation, yes that ligand is occupied and will be saturated so saturation is up in the spectrophotometry method. The actual method which is the blood gas will show how much o2 is bound to the hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What happens during carbon monoxide poisoning?

What happens during carbon monoxide poisoning?

"Fake" oygen: Hemoglobin is a molecule that allows blood to efficiently transport oxygen. Carbon monoxide causes its toxic affects by binding to hemoglobin and not letting go, preventing oxygen transport and causing suffocation despite adequate environmental oxygen supply. ...Read more

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Could water pipe cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Could water pipe cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Hooka: It does increase carbon monoxide level in the your blood. The severity will depend on how much of the smoke you inhale, how fast and how long you hold your breath each time you take an inhalation from the water pipe. carbon monoxide poisoning has a range of severity ( single digits up to fatal level of 50% or more when the person is trapped in a house on fire). ...Read more

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Why does carbon monoxide poisoning produce rosy cheeks?

Why does carbon monoxide poisoning produce rosy cheeks?

"Fake" oygen: Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying molecule in red blood cells, turns bright red when it is attached to oxygen molecules. Carbon monoxide causes its toxic affects by binding to hemoglobin at the same sites and not letting go, preventing oxygen transport. While bound, carbon monoxide also causes the same color change, causing a characteristic "cherry red" appearance despite oxygen starvation. ...Read more

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Does dizziness from carbon monoxide go away once fresh air?

Does dizziness from carbon monoxide go away once fresh air?

Slowly: Carbon monoxide "glues" itself to our red blood cells so that they can't carry oxygen. The most important thing is to stop the exposure then what has already gotten into your system will slowly get cleared out over several hours. It's important to keep in mind that medical treatment, especially using pure oxygen, can improve recovery time. ...Read more

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At what rate does carbon monoxide posioning affect you?

Usually hours...: ...Because the concentration of co is not that high, but it binds to the hemoglobin on red blood cells very tightly, so does not come off and builds up over time. Example is news reports of person(s) who slept with co leak & died over night--which is why separate co detectors are recommended (+ smoke detector). High concentration environment could build up more quickly, still likely a few hours. ...Read more

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What causes death with carbon monoxide poisoning?

What causes death with carbon monoxide poisoning?

Poor oxygen supply: Carbon dioxide causes its toxic effects by reducing the ability of the blood to carry oxygen. This lack of oxygen, if severe and prolonged, can lead to stroke, heart attack, and eventual death. ...Read more

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What are symptoms from carbon monoxide poisoning?

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

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Can oxygen help in treating carbon monoxide poisoning?

Can oxygen help in treating carbon monoxide poisoning?

Yes: Carbon monoxide (co) stays tightly bound to hemoglobin, forming carboxyhemoglobin. Co comes off the hemoglobin gradually as the hours go by. Studies show carboxyhemoglobin's half-life to be about 4 hours (3-5 hr) in regular air, but about 1 hour (30-90 minutes) when breathing 100% oxygen for treatment of co poisoning. Increased oxygen makes the co come off the hemoglobin and leave the body sooner. ...Read more

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Help please! is carbon monoxide poisoning completely painless?

Help please! is carbon monoxide poisoning completely painless?

Carbon monoxide: Carbon monoxide intoxication accumulates painlessly. Headaches are a common symptom as it accumulates in the blood, displacing oxygen from hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What makes someone die from carbon monoxide poisoning?

What makes someone  die from carbon monoxide poisoning?

Lack of oxygen: Carbon monoxide has a tighter bond to the bloods hemoglobin molecule than oxygen to the point it displaces it. If a person is in an setting where there is some oxygen but a high concentration of carbon monoxide, the oxygen will be displaced and the body doesn't get the oxygen. The effect is the same as having no oxygen available. They suffocate. ...Read more

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What are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning ? I have frequent headaches and tire easily sometimes. Can my car leak carbon monoxide fumes inside?

Yes, risk is present: You may experience headaches only while in your car, your fingertips may turn cherry red, you might be spacey, light-headed, dizzy, nauseated, and if so, could be carbon monoxide exposure. So, if you have an older car, and visible exhaust with a lot of wear and tear, best to have it checked. Also, at home, always have place carbon monoxide detector, as furnaces have potential for harm. ...Read more

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Does carbon monoxide poisoning cause bloating?

Not typically: Bloating is not typically reported with carbon monoxide poisoning. It can however affect your metabolism, and it may be possible to have secondary bloating. But honestly, if you have carbon monoxide poisoning, bloating would be the least of your concerns. ...Read more

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Why would cigarette companies put tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes?

Why would cigarette companies put tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes?

Tar unknown: Why tar is in cigarettes is strange. It does not have to be there and i understand there companies that make tar less cigarettes. As to the carbon monoxide it is a by product of all burning and this can not be helped as long as you are going to smoke. ...Read more