Carbon Monoxide Poisoning…Really? I’m Not So Sure About That, Nadine.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning…Really? I’m Not So Sure About That, Nadine.

Nadine Coyle is a lovely young woman from Northern Ireland who at one time was in an all-girl band called Girls Aloud (I guess). She was apparently living in Los Angeles in 2010 and believes that she suffered chronic carbon monoxide (CO) exposure because she developed some blisters on her tongue, among other symptoms. The problem with that theory is that CO poisoning doesn’t cause blisters on the tongue. Unless you are unconscious for a prolonged period of time, it shouldn’t cause blisters anywhere. CO might help explain her chronic fatigue, but like all CO exposed people, her symptoms should improve once she is removed from the source of the CO – like when she leaves the house and goes up the street to Starbucks, her symptoms should get better. A lot of things about this story don’t make sense. “Londonderry”, for instance, should really be called just “Derry” but since this story was reported in the BBC, it is no surprise that they refer to the region by the less correct name. If this story appears in the Belfast Times, it would probably be called (accurately) just Derry. Enjoy some Girls Aloud to get you through Hump Day!


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Gerry O'Malley (a.k.a Poison Boy) is a board certified ER doctor and toxicologist with a interest in the unusual, terrifying and occasionally hilarious world of poisonings and toxicology. This site is an exploration of poisons of historical interest as well as in current events and pop culture.

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