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Please help! I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

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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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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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

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How to tell if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

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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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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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 to do if i think I have carbon monoxide poisoning. Help?

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

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So is it possible to have carbon monoxide poisoning and survive?

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

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I think I may have carbon monoxide poisoning. What would that mean?

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 more

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If you think you may have carbon monoxide poisoning, what do you do?

If you think you may have carbon monoxide poisoning, what do you do?

Go to hospital: You should go to the nearest emergency room. Depending on the severity of poisoning, you may need treatment with oxygen, hyperbaric oxygen, blood transfusion, including exchange transfusion etc. ...Read more

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Do I have carbon monoxide poisoning? I left stove on for 12 hours..

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

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Could I have carbon monoxide poisoning if I don't get furnace checked yearly?

CO poisoning: If the furnace malfunctions it is possible that it may emit more carbon monoxide than usuall and lead toxicity. Consider having a carbon monoxide detector in the house (install one on each floor of your house). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have carbon monoxide poisoning when others in the household have no symptoms?

Is it possible to have carbon monoxide poisoning when others in the household have no symptoms?

CO poisoning: It is possible if the source of carbon monoxide is limited to one room. ...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?

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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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

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