By Gary M. White, MD

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can damage the skin directly thru lack of oxygenation but also due to prolonged pressure if the patient is incapacitated and immobile for a long period of time.


Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect the skin with various presentations including erythema, necrosis and bulla formation. Symptoms may include "skin discomfort" and burning.


Skin discomfort and burning were the presenting symptoms of a woman whose chimney was clogged and had carbon monoxide "pouring" into her apartment [JAAD 1995;32;67].

Dermatologica. 1991;183(3):212-5

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