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Allergic reaction to paint smell - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Asthma and Allergy
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.
User :   I wanted counsellng
User :   I am conducting painting in my house for past two weeks
Doctor :   Can you please explain
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Yesterday mid night, I started getting feeling of breathlessness
User :   Then I moved to a more ventilated place and felt better
User :   However, I do not have asthama or family history for the same
Doctor :   ok
User :   The problem i faced is mucus
User :   breathlessness and tight feeling in the throat
User :   Today also i am feeling a bit weaker in the office
Doctor :   ok
User :   And can attend doctor only after office hours
User :   What do you suggest in the interim?
Doctor :   Do you have headache, dizziness?
User :   Not much, that's probably due to weakness
Doctor :   Do you have burning eyes and nose irritation
User :   I had this problem when the actual painting was going on
User :   But lump in the throat still continues
Doctor :   Ok this seems to be an over exposure to the fumes of the paint that it emits
User :   Now also i feel breathlessness, but its not major
Doctor :   I suggest you need a fresh air, with maximum oxygen
Doctor :   this should relieve you
User :   True, but I cannot leave my house
Doctor :   The next thing is to avoid next exposure to the paint fumes
User :   ok
Doctor :   This is the next best thing I suggest you
User :   Is there any anti allergy medicine that I can take?
Doctor :   Unfortunately there is no symptomatic treatment for such incidents
User :   ok
Doctor :   However you can sip on warm liquids
User :   That I am doing
Doctor :   and sit near a window where there is a free flow of air
User :   Yeah that when I felt better yesterday night
Doctor :   Further exposure to the paint will cause more problems for you and your family
User :   ok
User :   In fact my wife is asthamatic and she has also gone to stay with a relative.
Doctor :   It is best to seal off the room or area you are painting to keep fumes from floating into other areas.
User :   Same problem with my daugher and child specialist has advised not to go to house
Doctor :   I suggest you the same
Doctor :   As these are potentially dangerous
User :   Closing the doors does not help as the odour lingers. I am thinking of asking the painter to change the paint from oil based to water based
User :   This is for the remaining rooms. Not sure if this will help
Doctor :   Some plants absorb the fumes you research and put in the room
User :   Do you think changing the paint to odourless paint for remaining rooms will help?
Doctor :   yes a better quality shall help
User :   Ok thanks, will try that
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   No thanks, I will also consult my family doctor tonight.
Doctor :   Ok, bye for now
User :   ok bye
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