What is the outlook for people with carbon monoxide poisoning?

Prompt treatment can reverse the effects of CO poisoning. However, there is a risk of permanent damage to the brain and heart, which need a lot of oxygen.

CO poisoning can also damage the reproductive system and an unborn baby. Both have rapidly dividing cells that need a steady supply of enough oxygen.

Is carbon monoxide poisoning fatal?

CO poisoning can be fatal. A person who is sleeping or otherwise unconscious (such as after drinking too much alcohol) can sometimes die before experiencing any symptoms. It’s important to have working CO detectors in your home to protect you while you sleep.

Can the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning be reversed?

If you catch CO poisoning in time, treatment can reverse the effects. You may experience lingering impacts, so make sure to follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations.

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