Carbon Monoxide Headquarters
Misconceptions, Page 3, Dr. D.G. Penney


CO is not Well Understood:


Even More Misconceptions:

Symptoms:

  • The skin, nail beds, etc. of people with CO poisoning are invariably red or pink in color.

  • Fever is a common symptom of CO poisoning.

  • Nasal congestion, cough and hoarseness are symptoms of CO poisoning.

  • The lungs are inflammed by low to moderate levels of CO and appear abnormal by X-ray.

  • Symptom clusters involving prolonged headache, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue of the whole family should be blamed on viruses, bad food, or group craziness. See Answer

  • Everyone responds to CO in the same way, ie. all people show the same symptoms.

  • Depression is not a residual effect of CO poisoning. See Answer

  • Loss of short-term memory capability is not a residual effect of CO poisoning. See Answer

  • Muscle and/or joint pain is not a residual effect of CO poisoning. See Answer

  • Difficulty with attention and concentration is not a residual effect of CO poisoning. See Answer

  • Blurry vision is not a residual effect of CO poisoning. See Answer

  • Personality change is not a residual effect of CO poisoning. See Answer


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