Smoke inhalation occurs when a person breathes in hot air, smoke,
or chemical fumes, which can cause burns or swelling in the air passages.
Life-threatening carbon monoxide poisoning can occur with smoke
The person may be restless, confused, or violent from the smoke and
toxic gases inhaled. A changed mental state may be a direct effect of the
toxins or may be caused by a lack of oxygen (hypoxia).
Urgent medical attention is needed for someone with symptoms of
smoke inhalation. These symptoms include:
Hoarseness, trouble speaking,
or inability to speak in full
change in mental state, such as restlessness, confusion, or sleepiness
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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