November 12, 2015

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas produced when organic matter is burned in an environment without sufficient oxygen. When inhaled, it enters the bloodstream and prevents red blood cells from carrying oxygen. Without oxygen, the cells die. Even non-lethal levels can cause grievous harm to the central nervous system and the heart.

Because carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, it may be hard to detect. But there are warning symptoms that are indicative of carbon monoxide poisoning. Knowing what they are could save your life.

Headache caused by carbon monoxide poisoning Dizziness caused by carbon monoxide poisoning Carbon monoxide poisoning may cause nausea or vomiting Yawning is an early sign of carbon monoxide poisoning Confusion or drowsiness are early signs of CO poisoning Carbon monoxide poisoning can increase breathing rate Carbon monoxide poisoning may raise heart rate Angina may be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning Vision problems may signal carbon monoxide poisoning Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause tinnitus Carbon monoxide-induced seizure Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to fainting

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, move to fresh air immediately and seek medical help right away.

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