Carbon monoxide poisoning in the last month: What can I expect to happen?
People respond differently to the same level of carbon monoxide exposure. Because of this, the after effects
from carbon monoxide poisoning can range from nothing to severe in people with the same level of exposure.
A person with a relatively low level of poisoning may experience a range of short term symptoms and long term effects caused by carbon monoxide injury. Yet someone with an extreme level of carbon
monoxide poisoning may have a full recovery. There is no way to predict the
Medical doctors, toxicologists, and health professionals are very aware of how carbon monoxide dangers while at unsafe levels in the air and unsafe levels in the body/bloodstream
but as a group lack
understanding of the impact, subtleties and after effects of poisoning.
For a survivor and their family, the only way to proactively minimize the long term consequences of
poisoning is to learn in advance about the potential ongoing effects and become more self aware.
It is generally thought that a person with one-time mild to
carbon monoxide poisoning has a strong likelihood of full recovery without ongoing effects however:
- The accuracy of carbon monoxide statistics are
- The ongoing impact of mild to moderate poisoning can be subtle yet still have a significant impact on a persons life (without the survivor
ever understanding that the poisoning was the turning point that altered the direction of their life).
- The potential for ongoing symptoms and effects is higher when the level of carbon monoxide exposure is
multiple times, or over an extended
period of time.
There are high risk factors that
increase the likelihood of additional complications, symptoms, and suffering in the short, mid, and long term.
Ongoing effects can show themselves as a range of carbon monoxide related symptoms and have a long term impact. Becoming informed
as to what could happen and what to look for is extremely important.
The after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning impact brain functioning making it more difficult for a
person to function on a day to day basis. Concentrating, reading, absorbing, memorizing information, and completing
tasks may be [much] more difficult.
Some survivors are impacted by the poisoning with a reduced sense of awareness and may have difficulty
recognizing or admitting-to behavioral changes - even though the behavioral changes may be clear to others
(especially those close to them).
If family and friends make the effort
to learn how carbon monoxide poisoning may impact the survivor it can make all the difference.
Awareness, understanding, patience, and support from family and friends is extremely valuable.
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