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What are the physical effects of carbon monoxide poisoning if you survive?

What are the physical effects of carbon monoxide poisoning if you survive?

Depends on dose: The long term effects of co poisoning depend on the dose and duration of exposure. Exposure to small doses at the lower limits of toxicity (35 parts per million for 8 hours) may cause only mild symptoms while higher doses (> 200 ppm) may have long term consequences. See this page for more details: http://biology.About.Com/od/molecularbiology/a/carbon_monoxide.Htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

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What are the long-term effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

What are the long-term effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Likely none: Carbon monoxide acts by keeping red blood cells from picking up oxygen so it hurts you by starving the body for oxygen. Once the co separates off the red cell it starts working again and theprocess stops. It the lack of oxygen was severe enough to cause damage to parts of the body it will take time for that to be repaired, but otherwise there shouldn't be long-term problems. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Please tell me what are effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Exposure: Carbon monoxide has a stronger affinity (bonding) to the red cells hemoglobin molecule than oxygen, so the presence of increased levels of carbon monoxide in air can gradually displace the oxygen.As it circulates in the blood, the hemoglobin is not carrying useful oxygen, so the cells starve and the poisoning occurs.Cell death can occur if oxygen does not return in time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the physical effects of carbon monoxide poisoning before death?

Sleep: When carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your blood cells, your system slows down and you fall into a sleep like coma with eventual death. The hemoglobin with carbon monoxide is very red in color so death in this way causes a very florid flushing appearance of the victim. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning?

Includes:: Some develop a parkinsonian appearance mimicking true parkinson's tremors and rigidity. Cognitive problem such as memory loss and poor organizational skills may occur. Incoordination and imbalance may be problems, and chronic headaches are not uncommon. ...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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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 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 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

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Definition)

Carbon monoxide poisoning is 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