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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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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