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Carbon monoxide poisoning. Help?

Carbon monoxide poisoning. Help?

Help what ?: You can get the most from this site when you provide actual background information on a problem you are having and then ask a related question. Space for our answers is limited, so open statements with a question mark afterward does not allow us to focus the answer. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked so each should have all related background with each question. ...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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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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Does carbon monoxide poisoning cause bloating?

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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Can inhaling incense smoke cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

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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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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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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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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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 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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What are causes of carbon monoxide poisoning?

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

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What test can comfirm/rule out carbon monoxide poisoning ?

Carboxyhemaglobin: A simple blood test, carboxyhemaglobin, give a precise measure of how much carbon monoxide is in the blood. ...Read more

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How can carbon monoxide poisoning happen?

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

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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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Describe the features of carbon monoxide poisoning.?

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 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 causes carbon monoxide poisoning to cause vomiting?

Lack of oxygen: It is the lack of usuable oxygen to your tissues. The hemoglobin in your red blood cells bind the carbon monoxide but it sticks so strongly that it cannot get unloaded in the tissues where it's needed. Your organs then go into anaerobic (without oxygen) metabolism and the waste product is lactic acid. This as well adds to the vomiting. ...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