Carbon Monoxide Myths - What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family

 

Carbon Monoxide Effects

Contrary to what many publications would have you believe, there is growing evidence that lingering problems from carbon monoxide poisoning has very real and sometimes long-lasting effects on the body.  This may occur even at relatively low levels of exposure.

The following chart lists the symptoms and percentage of respondents who demonstrated those symptoms.  Unfortunately the study did not track the exact levels of exposure, other than calling them acute. 

Symptoms 
Number (%) 

Psychological

of Patients 
Apathy
86 (100) 
Disorientation
86 (100) 
Amnesia
86 (100) 
Hypokinesia
82 (95) 
Mutism
82 (95) 
Irritability, distractibility
78 (91) 
Apraxia
65 (76) 
Bizarre Behaviors -
 
 inapproriate smiles or frowning
60 (70) 
Mannersitic Behavior
35 (41) 
Irrational Confabulatory Talking
26 (30) 
Insomnia
16 (19) 
Depressed Mood
13 (15) 
Delusions
10 (12) 
Echolalia
2 (2) 
Elated Mood
2 (2) 

From: Min, S.K. et al., Acta Psychiatr. Scand., 73, 80-86, 1986.
(Most of the patients in this study were exposed to CO acutely)

The carbon monoxide facts page lists the CO concentration limits recommended by various agencies.

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CO Poisoning

 

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