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My mother, aged 82, has recently become allergic to dust and smell of paint. It developes short breath and sour throat. Can it be cured ?

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Dr. Thomas Benda
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In brief: Not likely allergy

It would be highly unlikely that she would develop allergy at age 82.
Many elderly patients have problems with nonallergic rhinitis. Paint fumes are a significant irritant for many people. Start by ventilating the space. Saline sinus rinses with a netti pot or squeeze bottle could be helpful. Prescription nasal sprays can be helpful, including steroids, antihistamines, and ipratropium.

In brief: Not likely allergy

It would be highly unlikely that she would develop allergy at age 82.
Many elderly patients have problems with nonallergic rhinitis. Paint fumes are a significant irritant for many people. Start by ventilating the space. Saline sinus rinses with a netti pot or squeeze bottle could be helpful. Prescription nasal sprays can be helpful, including steroids, antihistamines, and ipratropium.
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