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What To Do If You Have Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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
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
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
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
Get away from source: If you do, get fresh air to breathe. You can have the home checked with a carbon monoxide detector to see if source is there. You should be checked at er to see for certain. ...Read more
Yes: Carbon monoxide exposure varies and the severity of symptoms is based on the amount of exposure. The symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure are consistent with the percentage of red blood cells saturated. First symptoms of exposure are headache, light headedness and fatigue which is usuall associated with 10 to 15% exposure. Significant symptoms begin after 30% and fatal at above 50%. ...Read more
Headache: Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning may cause headache and malaise. Confusion and ultimately unconsciousness and coma can result if not removed from the source of poisoning. Persistent nausea and headache when residing in a building are warning signs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not : But you don't give enough information. I would assume you have a gas stove. You give no symptoms. If you have headache, dizziness, and nausea, these are the most common symptoms. If you can improve the ventilation in the home and do not leave the stove on. Please note these symptoms are also common with other things as well. ...Read more
CO poisoning: It is possible if the source of carbon monoxide is limited to one room. ...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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