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Smoking and Tobacco

Carbon monoxide

05/31/2000

Question:

can carbon monoxide poisioning cause night sweats. Source of cmp smoking.

Answer:

Cigarette smoke contains 2-6% carbon monoxide, smokers inhale levels of carbon monoxide as high as 400 parts per million, and develop elevated levels of carboxyhemoglobin; this form of hemoglobin cannot carry oxygen, so smokers develop elevated red blood cells and subtle impairment of brain function. The levels of carbon monoxide in smokers are not associated with night sweats; this should be investigated by your doctor.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati