· Unventilated heaters-propane or kerosene heaters
· Automobiles’’ fumes
· Gasoline and petrol engines
· Fumes from carbon based fuels especially when there is incomplete combustion.
When inhaled, it combines with hemoglobin (oxygen transporting component in the blood) forming carboxyhemoglobin. This leads to oxygen deficiency that leads to low oxygen supply in vital organs such as the heart or the brain-known as carbon monoxide poisoning.
But do all carbon based fuels produce Carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is as a result of limited combustion or combustion in limited oxygen supply. Take a case of a running automotive in a closed garage or a stove in a closed room! Any carbon based fuel burnt in limited air supply will produce carbon monoxide!
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning in adults
Unlike pets and children, adults will take time to show any symptoms of poisoning. Some of the symptoms carbon monoxide poisoning in adults include;
· Difficulties in breathing
· Dizziness characterized by confusion and tiredness
· Headaches accompanied by nausea and vomiting
· Emotional changes and making of impulsive decisions
· Vertigo-a feeling that your immediate environment is spinning
· Heart attacks-long exposure or high content of carbon monoxide poisoning
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning in Children
It is shocking that over 20,000 children are admitted in emergency room yearly out of carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms may vary among children but the common symptoms include;
· Permanent brain damage if exposed for long
· Short breath
· Irregular pulse rate
· Blurred vision
· Hearing complications
· Cardiac arrest or coma
· Body clumsiness and weakness
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning in dogs
This type of poisoning is in most cases is as a result of human error-leaving your dog in the garage or in a room with running gasoline heaters. Common symptoms include;
· Mucous around the genitals, nostrils or ears
· Lethargy and sleepiness
· Unbalanced movements
In conclusion, if the carbon monoxide poisoning is detected, move the patient to an open air supply and dial the emergency number within your locality.
So, it is very important to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Share this guide with your family and friends.