Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. Breathing it in can make you unwell, and it can kill if you're exposed to high levels. Every year there are around 25 deaths ...1

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Symptoms of Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning aren't always obvious, particularly during low-level exposure. A tension-type headache is the most common symptom of mild carbon monoxide poisoning. Other symptoms include:

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Complications of Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

Complications of carbon monoxide poisoning Prolonged significant exposure to carbon monoxide can cause serious complications, including brain damage and heart problems. In very severe cases, it can result in death.  Effects of severe carbon monoxide poisoning include:

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Causes of Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

What causes carbon monoxide to leak? Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal and wood don't burn fully. Burning charcoal, running cars and the smoke from cigarettes also produce carbon monoxide gas. Gas, oil, coal and ...2

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Risk Factors for Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

At-risk groups  Carbon monoxide is a danger to everyone, but certain groups are more vulnerable than others. These include:

Pets are ...3

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Treatments: Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

Treating carbon monoxide poisoning Seek medical advice from your GP if you think you've been exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide. Go immediately to your local accident and emergency (A&E) department if you think you've been ...4

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Prevention of Acute carbon monoxide poisoning

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning It's important to be aware of the dangers and identify any appliances in your house that could potentially leak carbon monoxide.  Maintaining and servicing appliances Boilers, cookers, heating systems and appliances should be installed and regularly ...5

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References

  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Carbon-monoxide-poisoning/ 
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