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Carbon monoxide inhalation and its effects - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I think i may have been exposed to carbon monoxide

Doctor :   hi
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ok
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when did this happen?
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what was the source of the carbon monoxide exposure?
User :   hi, the last couple days while driving my car has had a smell like an ashtray and today it was very bad and I can not get this smell out of my nose
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what symptoms are you facing after the exposure?
User :   the persistent smell and mild nausea
User :   i dont smoke by the way
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ok
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how long are you in the car when driving?
User :   20-25 minutes, i had the windows open a couple inches after 10-15 minutes
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Carbon monoxide is a odorless, tasteless, colorless and toxic gas which is a by-product of combustion resulting from any combustion process, fuel burning appliance, or automobile
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if you had the windows open then the effects will be mild
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like nausea and eye burning, headache
Doctor :   carbon monoxide is dangerous because dangerous because it inhibits the blood's ability to carry oxygen to vital organs such as the heart and brain

Doctor :   and the typical sickness symptoms include mild headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness
Doctor :   after an exposure of 0.5 hours of a concentration of 1000ppm of carbon monoxide
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are you there?
User :   yes
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are you following what i am saying?
User :   yes
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ok
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do not drive the car, get the problem fixed
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see that the fuel burning is efficient
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and the combustion products do not come inside teh car
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the exhaust for the car should be checked
User :   yes, im having it towed to the mechanics tomorrow
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good
User :   do i need to go to the ER?
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if the nausea does not subside, then you need to go to ER
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usualy after being in fresh air, the symptoms come down if the exposure is mild
Doctor :   taking 100% oxygen inhalation will help
User :   what about the strange, persistent odor I smell
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as it will remove the carbon monoxide binding to hemoglobin
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and increase the oxygen content in blood reversing teh effects
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the persistent odour smell wil also go off with teh 100% oxygen inhalation
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vista ENT specialist if the sensation still persists after taking oxygen treatment
User :   ok, this occurred about 3.5 hours ago, should I go to ER now?
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if the effects are stll the same, and not come down since your exposure to the toxic gas, then you should go to ER
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if teh effects have reduced in intensity
Doctor :   then go to ER if nausea and headache is bothering you
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i will provide a link to help you get more information on this
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WWW.WWWW.WW Doctor :   you can go through it to know more about carbon monoxide poisoning
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have you followed what i have said?
User :   I dont have a headache, just the mild naseua and the odor. I am tired, but I was out late the previous night and have been tired all day.
User :   Yes I am following.
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tiredness also is one of the symptoms, due to the lack of oxygen available in blood to vital organs
User :   I have access to a different vehicle, should I drive myself or have someone take me?
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first check if the exhaust is workong fine
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and that there is no fumes or combustion gases coming inside the car
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if everything is fine, you can drive yourself or let someone else drive
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no that is all
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