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Inhaled Carbon Monoxide Overview

Another name for Inhaled Carbon Monoxide is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
A person with carbon monoxide poisoning has inhaled a toxic amount of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide prevents the blood from delivering oxygen to the tissues. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is a byproduct of burning fuel or other materials. It is the leading cause of death by poisoning in the United States.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
The most common symptom of early carbon monoxide poisoning is a persistent headache. Additional symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include confusion, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.

How does the doctor treat carbon monoxide poisoning?
Treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning may include oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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