Electric Shock

Patient

Q: I experienced an electric shock from a computer by touching an open piece of metal on the inside of the unit while it was powered on. The power supply is 500 watts and is plugged into a regular outlet. I am experiencing a headache along with vision impairment. My mom seems to think I'm fine but I'm in pain and just woke up from shortness of breath. I am extremely concerned and need confirmation to receive medical attention.

Symptoms:  Impaired vision, metal taste in my mouth, loss of breath, and tingling/numbness
Doctor

A:   Thank you for question. An electric shock of this nature an vary in severity and it is important to determine whether you sustained any long lasting or permanent damage from such a shock. For this reason we recommend that you undergo a complete evaluation by your doctor to be cleared of any serious effects from this shock.
Current guidelines surrounding the treatment of high voltage electrical shocks (>500 volts) requires immediate medical attention especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as headaches, numbness, tingling, paralysis, vision, hearing, or speech problems. Please see your doctor.

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