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Carbon monoxide levels in the body / blood stream. What is normal? What is dangerous?

Low carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream (COHb) and cellular tissues are normal and necessary for proper cellular functioning.

However there is not uniform agreement as to what "normal" levels in the blood stream are within different environments.

Any carbon monoxide levels above "normal" is considered dangerous.

  • Health effects can start to become noticeable in people once carbon monoxide levels (COHb) reach 2.5% in the bloodstream.

  • Non-smokers living away from urban areas have "normal" carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream of 0.4% to 1.0%.

  • Carbon monoxide levels of 1% to 5% may be considered "normal" if a person lives in a busy urban or industrial setting.

  • Carbon monoxide in cigarettes causes a smoker to typically have levels of 5% or more.

  • Otherwise "healthy" heavy smokers seem to be able to tolerate carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream (carboxyhemoglobin) of up 10%+ without obvious damage; however, this puts them at greater risk of damage and symptoms and after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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shelley from lancashire england
I had a gas leak coming from the internal pipe work, not sure how long it had been leaking as been able to smell gas for the last 12 months. I am a smoker and was adviced to have a CO TEST which i did results came back and my lvl was 6.2% Doctor told me if i had, had the test 3 days before it would have been higher. for the last 12 months or so i have been suffering headaches, sickness, tired all the time, diarrhoea and i have constant pins an needles an the shakes also pain in my kneck and lower back, i also have been loosing weight. I have had several blood tests to check my vitamine levels and all are fine. I had some sort of siezure fell to the floor shacking and unable to breath properly, felt like i was beeing crushed also pins an needles all over my body including my face and i couldnt move. I really need some help as im at a loose. Could all these problems be related to my CO LEVELS. HELP

CO treatment
Daily get rid of toxins, learn to breathe better, and get phylem from your throat is helping me to normal health.

Percentage of Carbon monoxide
Qasim
Can anyone plz tell me that how much percantage of carbon monoxide is harmful for a man ?????

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william k. ward jr. from hickory nc
the docter checked my blood for carbon monoxid and found 9.2 level,I dont smoke and I had the fire department check my house and my van 1985 dodge ram they found no signs of carbon monoxid and I have natural gas.my wife smokes filter cigars size of cigeretts she was smoking in the house while they were checking I also have detectors that has fire and carbon detection in the house,so how did I get it I dont go any where exceps grocery stores and flea markets.how do I get rid of it?

so like its 12 yrs later! will i ever be normal again?
Patty Jo from baton rouge, la
i mean like i thought id be happy when i could do all of my adls (activity of daily life ) n well now i can dress bath toliet feed myself but i\\\'m not ! n i can ! so like now what? ok ok i understand that its all probably just a mind set ! or is it ?

so like its 12 yrs later! will i ever be normal again?
Patty Jo from baton rouge, la
i mean like i thought id be happy when i could do all of my adls (activity of daily life ) n well now i can dress bath toliet feed myself but i\\\'m not ! n i can ! so like now what? ok ok i understand that its all probably just a mind set ! or is it ?

so like its 12 yrs later! will i ever be normal again?
Patty Jo from baton rouge, la
i mean like i thought id be happy when i could do all of my adls (activity of daily life ) n well now i can dress bath toliet feed myself but i\\\'m not ! n i can ! so like now what? ok ok i understand that its all probably just a mind set ! or is it ?

Carbon monoxide and ALS
Bonita from Philadelphia
My brother has ALS(Lou Gehrig's Disease) and has a high level of carbon monoxide in his blood,is that from the disease or something else ?

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Donna from Indianapolis
We have a carbon monoxide detector in our house and it registers 246. Is this normal?

Robin
Interesting. I wonder how altitude affects CO levels in the body?

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