Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • General lethargy

  • Severe headaches

  • Impaired mental ability

  • Chest or stomach pains

  • Pink skin and bright red lips in severe poisoning cases

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek urgent medical attention.

If you suspect you have carbon monoxide poisoning, don't hesitate to visit your GP as soon as possible. Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning is not easy because it simulates many other conditions, so do say what you think is wrong.

Ask for either a blood and/or breath sample to be taken without delay. That's because your body's carbon monoxide level will reduce the longer you are away from the contaminated environment, making it harder to detect.

More information

CO-Awareness website (opens in new window)

Carbon monoxide awareness (new window PDF 1.5 MB)

Carbon monoxide - Camping safety (new window PDF 1.58 MB)

Carbon monoxide - Holiday safety (new window PDF 1.64 MB)

Last updated: Wednesday 18 April 2018