Anoxia is a severe form of low levels of oxygen in the blood. It can affect any tissue or organ in your body.
What are symptoms of Anoxia?
- Bluish discoloration of the lips and fingernails.
- Loss of consciousness
- Poor decision-making
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Dilated pupils
What causes Anoxia?
Anoxia can be caused by factors in the environment or by certain diseases or conditions.
Examples of causes include:
- Carbon monoxide
- Cyanide poisoning
- High altitude
- Cardiac arrest
- Respiratory arrest
- Severe asthma
- Drug abuse
What is the treatment for Anoxia?
Generally Anoxia is treated by restoring the oxygen supply to your body. This can be done with either an oxygen mask or breathing assistance.
Fluids may also be administered to increase blood pressure.
Medications may be given to reduce the risk of seizures and to regulate heart functionality.
An Emergency Room Physician typically is the one to treat this condition, due to it being extremely life threatening.