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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Smoking and Tobacco
Can a person with Asthma,emphysema, and asbestoeis experience night sweats from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by smoking?(two packs a day).
Smoking elevates the level of carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) in the bloodstream; this form of hemoglobin cannot carry oxygen, so the body has to work harder to get enough oxygen. The typical levels of COHb in the blood in smokers can lead to subtle brain impairment, as well as worsening of any pre-existing heart or lung conditions. Worsening of these conditions may be associated with night sweats; this should be checked out with your doctor.
Jerry Friemoth, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati