How can I best take care of myself?

Never ignore a CO alarm. When the alarm sounds:

  • Don’t try to find the source of the gas.
  • Move outside immediately.
  • Call 911 or emergency services.
  • Account for everyone in your house.
  • Do not reenter your home until emergency responders have said it’s safe to do so.

What else should I ask my doctor?

If you received treatment for CO poisoning, ask your healthcare provider:

  • Is the damage permanent, or will the effects go away over time?
  • Will I need follow-up care?
  • How can I prevent CO poisoning?
  • Do I need any long-term treatment?
  • Are there any effects on my reproductive system or fertility?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can become deadly in a matter of minutes. If you suspect CO poisoning, leave your home or building immediately and call 911 or go to the emergency room. If treated quickly, the effects of CO poisoning can be reversed.

The best way to avoid CO poisoning is to follow safety guidelines. Place a CO detector in your home and have your gas appliances checked yearly. With the right precautions, you can keep yourself and your family safe and healthy. Talk to your healthcare provider if you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide.

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