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What can daily low level carbon monoxide poisoning do to you over time?

What can daily low level carbon monoxide poisoning do to you over time?

Uncertain: We don't know the effects of low level co poisoning over time. It surprises many people to hear that smokers can have 10-12% of their blood saturated with carbon monoxide or even more in heavy smokers. Since it displaces oxygen from red blood cells, there are probably some long term consequences such as premature aging, but it hasn't been studied in a way that we can be certain. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

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What can carbon monoxide poisoning from cigarettes do to you over time?

What can carbon monoxide poisoning from cigarettes do to you over time?

Good question: Low level co in the blood does have affects on mitochondria and organ metabolism but the long term effects are difficult to assess and there are no studies that really help us. One clear effect is increased production of red blood cells since oxygen saturation in the blood is reduced by co. This causes the body to make more red blood cells which can result in blood that is too viscous and harmful. ...Read more

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If you are dizzy from carbon monoxide poisoning, do you still have time to get out before you pass out?

If you are dizzy from carbon monoxide poisoning, do you still have time to get out before you pass out?

Yes: In general, dizziness is achieved with several hours of low dose exposure -- such as 35 parts per million. Nausea and convulsions along with dizziness will be seen in <1 hour of 800 parts per million exposure. So, the symptoms vary based on amount of exposure and time duration of the exposure. ...Read more

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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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What to do if carbon monoxide poisoning?

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?

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?

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

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