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Chronic Cough Drywall Dust
Living in Singapore. SOB, Chronic cough, itchy throat in office and home for 1 year. What allergies should I be tested for besides dust, cats, mold?
Environmental: allergens you need to be tested.They cause post nasal drip which makes you cough plus itchy throat. Cold/flu is not associated with itching. There is also a condition known as pollen-fruit or oral allergy syndrome wherein one gets itching mouth/throat from eating certain fruits due to cross-reaction with pollen allergy. Apple, banana, melon, avocado are the more common culprits. ...Read more
Baby breathed in a cloud of drywall dust the other day while walking near construction in building. Got away asap, 2 days later has cough/ runny nose?
Determine cause : There are many reasons for chronic cough including asthma, post nasal drip from sinus infection or allergies, pertussis (whooping cough), acid ge reflux and the list goes on. The treatment should be directed at the cause. A cough specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause and offering a treatment for relief. ...Read more
Chronic assumes: 3 month duration or more. But the real answer to your question begs more information from you regarding at a minimum age, gender, physical location, medical history, medications, social habits, results of any recent tests and then more based upon the answers. There is no point providing a lengthy list of cough etiologies which won't be helpful and may just confuse you more. See your doctor ...Read more
Multiple causes: A chronic cough may be caused by multiple conditions. A chest radiograph, analysis of your airway secretions and a TB test may be ordered. In addition, if you have sinus congestion or reflux these conditions may contribute or cause prolonged cough. Aspiration of food or other substances into the lung may be retained and cause a prolonged cough. In your age group, cfis less likely, but still possib. ...Read more
Time: Chronic cough is by definition a cough that is present for two month occurring on a daily basis or for most days. The most common causes of cough include post-nasal drip, asthma and acid reflux disease. Additionally, cough that is associated with a recent viral illness can persist for up to 6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment...: First, the cause of the chronic cough needs to be identified. Common causes of chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these diagnoses have different treatments. So, see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and then the proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more
Sometimes...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Symptoms can include recurrent coughing as well as shortness of breath and wheezing. It occurs in episodes so episodic coughing can be a feature. See your doctor for diagnosis as well as treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer