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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

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

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


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What to do if carbon monoxide poisoning?

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What to do if  carbon monoxide poisoning?

CO poisoning: Remove person from the source of exposure, give oxygen, treat other symptoms according to severity. For example seizures, acidosis, heart abnormalities, low blood pressure, all done in hospital. ...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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How do you treat carbon monoxide poisoning?

How do you 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

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What are causes of carbon monoxide poisoning?

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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Please help! I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

Call 911 or have : someone take you to a hospital ER ASAP for treatment. ...Read more

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Do you think I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

Cannot tell: Without knowing your symptoms or findings, it is impossible to tell. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning usually gives headaches, nausea, malaise and fatigue. Late findings, including cardiac and brain problems -- but this is usually with low chronic exposure. ...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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How to tell if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

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

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What are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide: Headaches, fatigue, cognitive decline, altered state of consciousness, fatality. ...Read more

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How to know if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

How to know if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

CO2 blood level: If you have been exposed to Carbon monoxide, see your doctor and have a blood level of Carbon Monoxide done. If there is any suspicion of a CO2 leak in your home, have it inspected. Also purchase CO2 detectors for your home. ...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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How exactly does carbon monoxide poisoning work?

"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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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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How typical or rare is carbon monoxide poisoning?

How typical or rare is carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide: 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

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How do I know if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

How do I know if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

See doctor: See your doctor. A blood level of carbon monoxide can be done. ...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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How can cookstove lead to carbon monoxide poisoning?

Ventilation: Only if there is impaired exhaust of the products of combustion can a room develop co accumulation and the possibility of poisoning. Ventilation should always be to code to prevent this from happening. If you are concerned have a certified hvac technician evaluate you particular circumstance and recommend solutions. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of mild 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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Is there any way to treat carbon monoxide poisoning?

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

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How can you tell if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

Testing: See your doctor and have a carbon monoxide level drawn. If it is elevated, have you home, workplace and other environments you visit tested for a carbon monoxide leak. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

Early signs of CO: The early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are changes in intellectual abilities and level of consciousness. If you feel either of these, you should see your doctor and have a carbon monoxide level done. If it is elevated, have your home, workplace or school tested. ...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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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 the real symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

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 more

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Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms how long do they last?

Depends: The duration of symptoms depends on the concentration of carbon monoxide in the blood stream, the duration of exposure and how quickly you are removed from the carbon monoxide environment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be saved from carbon monoxide poisoning?

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 more

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What happens in your body with carbon monoxide poisoning?

What happens in your body 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 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

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Definition)

A condition in which a person has breathed in too much carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that comes from burning fossil fuels such as wood, ...Read more