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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


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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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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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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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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 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 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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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