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Several hours have past since but my throat is irritated

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hello earlier this evening i was in a car that seems to have exhaust problems. The fumes clinged on the clothing. Several hours have past since but my throat is irritated. This leads me to my question. How can I rule out carbon monoxide posioning?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Hello,

Do you have any other symptoms besides throat irritation?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

my symptoms are throat irritation and dry eye.

Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for clarifying,

The exhaust from the car could have irritated your throat and eye.
But, these are not typical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning...
Headache is the most common symptom that accompanies carbon monoxide poisoning.
Nausea, dizziness, fatigue are the other more common ones to occur.

Because you are out of the car now and have been for several hours, you are not continuing to be exposed to the exhaust and are no longer in danger (I know you know this). Without the above symptoms, carbon monoxide poisoning is unlikely to have occurred.

For your eye irritation, you can try using artificial tears, which you can buy over the counter. These help to lubricate the eye and soothe the eye.

For your throat, warm salt water gargles, plenty of fluids and ibuprofen or acetominophen should help. If you still feel irritation after 24 hours, have your doctor take a look.

I hope that you feel better.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

Dr Abby

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