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How can you tell the difference btwn an asthmatic cough and a cough from dust/mold? Never diagnosed w asthma, just a cough for past 6 months.

How can you tell the difference btwn an asthmatic cough and a cough from dust/mold? Never diagnosed w asthma, just a cough for past 6 months.

Needs work up.: If you have had cough for such a long time, you definitely need a work up to find the cause. Dust and mold can also cause asthma. In Asthma cough is usually associated with wheezing sound when you breathe out. Your cough can also be from allergies, post nasal drip, GERD (Acid reflex). If you are taking certain high blood pressure medicines, like ACE inhibitors, that will also cause cough. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Could dust cause sudden bad dry cough for about 5 mins? With no other symptoms. Or could this be due to something else? Thanks

Could dust cause sudden bad dry cough for about 5 mins? With no other symptoms. Or could this be due to something else? Thanks

Yes it can/something: We know house dust can cause cough and even asthma.But it can be due to something else like allergies, infections etc. And if it persists and keep happening time and again, then it needs to be checked and evauated by your doctor but if it is only one time occurence than nothing needs to be done ...Read more

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I very recently recovered from bronchitis and I'm almost back to normal but smoke and dust still makes me cough and irritates my breathing.

I very recently recovered from bronchitis and I'm almost back to normal but smoke and dust still makes me cough and irritates my breathing.

Bronchial recovery: You were treated for an infection but the lining of the breathing tubes in your lungs were damaged. They will recover in time. If you can afford it get a HEPA air filter. It filters the air to 99.97 % clean and don't stay around smokers. You will get better! ...Read more

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I cough everytime I am near dust. Can I be allergic to dust?

A Symptom: Yes, dust can cause a person to cough. A cough is a symptom caused by some underlying condition. There are many conditions that can cause a cough. If one has a persistent or worsening cough, a visit to their primary care physician would be advised. I see from your profile that you smoke tobacco. Smoking often leads to a cough. Don't dismiss the cough. Pay attention to this symptom. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between an asthma cough and a cough due to environment like mold or dust?

How can you tell the difference between an asthma cough and a cough due to environment like mold or dust?

Cannot: You cannot tell the difference from listening to the cough. You need to take a listen to the lungs with a stethoscope. If the patient is wheezing then it is an asthma cough, if more nasal congestion and no wheezing more likely to be related to environmental allergies ...Read more

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I have cough its been 1 month already went doctor alrd, but whenever I go outside with strong wind, cold & dust exposure, I got cough what happened?

I have cough its been 1 month already went doctor alrd, but whenever I go outside with strong wind, cold & dust exposure, I got cough what happened?

Honey: Buy local honey. Don't eat red meat. Lose weight if obese. Don't use any cosmetics. Download skin deep app and check all ur home products for chemicals. Avoid cold stuff from fridge. Take vit D if low. Buy only organic skimmed milk. If u live in India in a very big city, relocate. Delhi Mumbai and chennai Bangalore air is heavily polluted. If u live locally in northern US, cover your ears. ...Read more

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When I go out in dust, I get multiple sneeze, and cough, and followed by breathing problem (suffocation). Any suggestion or medication?

When I go out in dust, I get multiple sneeze, and cough, and followed by breathing problem (suffocation). Any suggestion or medication?

Reactive airway: Your airways including the nose probably is highly sensitive and thus you having reactions to these irritants. Obviously the treatment for this is avoiding such environment, but at times not practical or possible. Thus, some preventions and treatments maybe needed.
Talk to your doc for eval...Possible med for allergies/reactive airway diseases etc...
Good luck. ...Read more

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Husband inhaled a lot of dust and some chemicals while sanding concrete floorthat had some adhesive on it. Trouble getting a deep breath. Some cough.

Husband inhaled a lot of dust and some chemicals while sanding concrete floorthat had some adhesive on it. Trouble getting a deep breath. Some cough.

See your doctor: Shortness of breath and cough need evaluation as soon as possible. Multiple factors can lead to such symptoms. You doctor. May order some test like crx, ct scan, echo &etc to aid in estabilishing diagonosis depending on his evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi, recently I had cold due to exposure to heavy dust. Yesterday morning I have seen minor blood in my cough. My doctor says its an small infection.?

Hi, recently I had cold due to exposure to heavy dust. Yesterday morning I have seen minor blood in my cough. My doctor says its an small infection.?

Follow-up with Dr.: Only the doctor knows the details and has done the exam. One can follow-up with the doctor to make sure all the symptoms go away and don't come back. ...Read more

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I've had a mild dry cough for 5 weeks and mild chest pain. X-ray came back normal. I was exposed to concrete dust five weeks ago for 1 minute. Silicos

I've had a mild dry cough for 5 weeks and mild chest pain. X-ray came back normal. I was exposed to concrete dust five weeks ago for 1 minute. Silicos

Not long enough: 1 minute's exposure to concrete dust cannot cause silicosis. You probably had a viral upper respiratory infection and now have post-inflammatory bronchitis - which is common. Give it time. You'll get over it. ...Read more

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Had a bad dust storm. Shortly afterwards, developed flu like symptoms with sever cough; 5 neighbors diagnosed with valley fever. Should I get checked?

Had a bad dust storm. Shortly afterwards, developed flu like symptoms with sever cough; 5 neighbors diagnosed with valley fever. Should I get checked?

Bronchitis: In general, bronchitis can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sudden cough, bumps on face and neck with itchiness after food. Allergic to dust mites.

Sudden cough, bumps on face and neck with itchiness after food. Allergic to dust mites.

Food allergy?: You might have had an allergic reaction to food. If you are highly allergic to dust mites, you have a higher odds of shrimp allergy. ...Read more

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Can E-cigs cause Stridor? Polyphonic stridor after exercise/cough/chemicals. Inhaler 6x + a day. Take flonase/zyrtec for dust allergies, doesn't help.

Can E-cigs cause Stridor? Polyphonic stridor after exercise/cough/chemicals. Inhaler 6x + a day. Take flonase/zyrtec for dust allergies, doesn't help.

Yes: E cig is not as innocuous as it may appear. The heated chemical-containing vapor (even if it is "organic") may irritate your throat. The best way to tell is not to use it for 2 weeks and see if your symptoms improve. If you are pregnant, it is unwise to smoke anything since this may adversely impact the health of your baby possibly for the rest of his life. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not sure: Not sure it is related and can be coincidental with a viral infection. If the baby is showing signs of breathing difficulty or wheezing, I would have the pediatrician evaluate it. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Gerd, dog/grass/dust allergy, post nasal drip. Chronic barking cough. Which treatments to use and what is okay for long term use. Claritind long term?

Gerd, dog/grass/dust allergy, post nasal drip. Chronic barking cough. Which treatments to use and what is okay for long term use. Claritind long term?

Allergy comorbidity: An antihistamine/decongestant alone will not be adequate to control. There are several short and long term treatment possibilities. You need to see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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Have phlegm (throat) since Feb. I don't have cough. X-ray normal. Allergic to dust mite. What to do Doctor?

Have phlegm (throat) since Feb. I don't have cough. X-ray normal. Allergic to dust mite. What to do Doctor?

Post nasal drip: If you have a confirmed dust mite allergy would suggest proper avoidance measures: dust mite covers on mattress and pillows, wash sheets in hot water cycle once weekly. Treat nasal symptoms with daily intranasal corticosteroid spray (can get other-the-counter now). These measures should reduce symptoms from dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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Was prescribed Montek lc and begun coughing alot after taking it. Allergic t dust n smoke. Rarely take medicines for it. Is this Side effect of tablet?

Was prescribed Montek lc and begun coughing alot after taking it. Allergic t dust n smoke. Rarely take medicines for it. Is this Side effect of tablet?

Unlikely: The drug Montek LC is a combination drug, leuktreine antagonist (anti asthma) and an antihistaminic, levocetirizine, it may have such side effects as a combination, but not a known side effect of either alone. At any rate you mentioned you are allergic to dust and smoke, likely they irritate your airways, what you're truly allergic to is yet to be discovered by allergy testing, see an allergist, ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and they were sawing concrete today. All the dust came over, and I'm having coughing fits. What can I do to stop it?

Cough: Actually the coughing will aid in clearing some of this material from your airways. You could get a variety of OTC products containing dextromethorphan (usually marked DM in the U.S.). If that does not work then you doctor can prescribe a Codeine containing cough syrup. Hope this clears up soon. If you are a smoker, please stop. ...Read more

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I helped a family relative move cement and the bag broke releasing dust. I have been coughing and having mild chest pains for a few weeks. Silicosis?

I helped a family relative move cement and the bag broke releasing dust. I have been coughing and having mild chest pains for a few weeks. Silicosis?

Not likely: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis appears more likely providing your symptoms were triggered by inhaling cement dust. Definitely worth checking with your doc and getting a chest X-Ray. ...Read more