Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after enough inhalation of carbon monoxide (CO).

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, but, being colorless, odorless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating, it is very difficult for people to detect.

When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, the body replaces the oxygen in one’s red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.

Exposure to carbon monoxide may be particularly dangerous for:

Fetal blood cells take up carbon monoxide more readily than adult blood cells do. This makes unborn babies more susceptible to harm from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Young children take breaths more frequently than adults do, which may make them more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Older people who experience carbon monoxide poisoning may be more likely to develop brain damage.

Causes Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by inhaling combustion fumes.

Sources of carbon monoxide include:

  1. cigarette smoke
  2. house fires
  3. faulty furnaces,
  4. Heaters
  5. wood-burning stoves
  6. internal combustion vehicle exhaust
  7. electrical generators
  8. propane-fueled equipment such as portable stoves
  9. gasoline-powered tools such as:

Poisoning may also occur:

Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

The following signs and symptoms are exhibited by those suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning:

  1. fast heart rate
  2. low blood pressure
  3. cardiac arrhythmia
  1. delirium
  2. hallucinations
  3. Dizziness
  4. unsteady gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Seizures
  7. central nervous system depression
  8. unconsciousness
  9. respiratory arrest
  10. Death

Diagnosis Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be diagnosed via the following procedures:

Treatment Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

Treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning may involve:

By : Natural Health News

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