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Just wondering what the symptoms might be if you have carbon monoxide poising? If I do have how long should I wait to see a doct I have had a fever headache body aches my chest has been really tight and hurts to cough and breath deep.

Just wondering what the symptoms might be if you have carbon monoxide poising? If I do have how long should I wait to see a doct I have had a fever headache body aches my chest has been really tight and hurts to cough and breath deep.

Viral cold, probably: The symptoms you describe are most probably a viral respiratory infection, even the real flu (influenza). See a physician, to make sure it is not anything more serious. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a "silent killer", usually causing very little symptoms before killing the patient; there may be fatigue and headache, but none of the symptoms you describe. ...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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When is carbon monoxide formed?

When is carbon monoxide formed?

Incomplete combustio: Generally, it's formed from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In chemistry, a hydrocarbon should burn in oxygen to carbon dioxide and water. However, other by-products may form such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen, and sulfur containing compounds. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it preferentially and more tightly binds to hemoglobin molecules than oxygen. Cells can't use co so they die. ...Read more

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How much carbon monoxide is lethal?

How much carbon monoxide is lethal?

50%: This varies, but 50% would be lethal for most people. However, small children, an unborn child, and elderly would be more susceptible to lower doses. Carbon monoxide binds to blood cells causing caboxyhemoglobin which makes the red cell unable to oxygenate. At 10 to 15 % most people will be symptomatic- headache, fatigue, flu like symptoms. As the perecentage increases so do the symptoms. ...Read more

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Does carbon monoxide accumulate in the body?

Does carbon monoxide accumulate in the body?

CO2: Once removed from the carbon monoxide containing environment, there will be a gradual release of the gas over time. It will only accumulate if you remain in the contaminated environment. ...Read more

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Is there a possible way to detect carbon monoxide?

Is there a possible way to detect carbon monoxide?

CO Detector: Carbon monoxide (co) is colorless, odorless, and lethal in adequate concentrations. It requires a specific detector, most of which are independent from a traditional "smoke detector, " but some brands are combination units. They are strongly encouraged for sleeping areas. ...Read more

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How long till you are affected by carbon monoxide?

How long till you are affected by carbon monoxide?

Depends on Concentra: Tion. Symptoms and signs of carbon monoxide poisoning depend on the concentration of the gas in inhaled air and length of exposure. At a concentration of 4000 parts per million, it is lethal in 30 minutes. ...Read more

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How long could carbon monoxide last in the system?

How long could carbon monoxide last in the system?

Depends on amount,: But, roughly one week if breathing room air, about 6-10 hours if breathing 100% oxygen, and even shorter if provided hyperbaric oxygen treatment (which is 100% oxygen at 2-3 times usual atmospheric pressure). ...Read more