Exposure To Natural Gas? Any Health Concerns?

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The other night one of the burners was left on but not alight. Basically all night we were breathing in gas, didn’t notice till lunch time the following day when I came home and smelt gas
Since then I’ve had a sore throat and felt generally lethargic. Should I see a doctor? what health problems may have occurred?

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5 Responses to “Exposure To Natural Gas? Any Health Concerns?”

  1. Gone fishin' says:

    Sure you could see a doctor. Just to be sure.

  2. MEPHISTO says:

    Carbon Dioxide poisoning – having turned off the gas and the place is well aired – you should have no long-term effects. However, it may be in your interest to invest in the purchase of a CO2 detector.

  3. Natural gas, of course, can kill with fire and explosion so be sure to attend to the repair of the burner!
    Otherwise, it’s just a simple asphyxiant – meaning that it harms the body by occupying the space in the air that oxygen normally would. For most exposures, the cure is fresh air. In order to have lasting consequences from a simple asphyxiant, the exposure would have to be severe enough to have rendered you unconscious at some point.
    Which means… the sore throat and lethargy is from something else!

  4. Paramedic Girl says:

    Yes you need to see someone. Really you shouldnt be in the house until it has been cleared to come back in.

  5. what? says:

    Granted this is a 9 month old post, but I felt compelled to reply.
    Mephisto, I think you might mean Carbon Monoxide (CO), not Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
    Yes, it is advisable to have a CO detector.

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