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Are productive cough and sneezing symptoms of allergy?

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Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016
Question: I have had pressure in my mid-chest for two or three weeks. My cardiologist prescribed an EKG and nuclear stress test. She told me both were "abnormal". Earlier this week I had a heart XXXXXXX and the cardiologist found no blockage. She said that it "could" be something pulmonary.
Here's what I've been thinking: In that two/three week period, I have had a cough with a small amount of mucus. I've also been sneezing. The pressure seems to be brought on when I am outside walking my dogs (around oak and pine trees). My question is this: Can allergies (which I have not experienced until recent years) have such symptoms as I have described.
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I carefully passed through your question and would explain that lung disorders (like inflammation, infection or allergy reactions) could lead to this symptomatology.

Increased mucus secretion and sneezing could be related to inflammation or an allergy reaction of the respiratory ways.

I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests:

- a lungs X ray study
- pulmonary function tests
- complete blood count and inflammation tests (PCR, sedimentation rate)
- arterial blood gas analysis
- allergy tests to exclude possible allergies

An ENT specialist consult would also help examine your upper respiratory ways and your sinuses and exclude possible sinus infection (it can cause increased cough and mucus).

You should discuss with your doctor on the above tests.

Meanwhile, I would recommend avoiding going out in cold air or being in places when others are smoking (smoking is very irritating for airways).

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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Are productive cough and sneezing symptoms of allergy?

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! I carefully passed through your question and would explain that lung disorders (like inflammation, infection or allergy reactions) could lead to this symptomatology. Increased mucus secretion and sneezing could be related to inflammation or an allergy reaction of the respiratory ways. I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests: - a lungs X ray study - pulmonary function tests - complete blood count and inflammation tests (PCR, sedimentation rate) - arterial blood gas analysis - allergy tests to exclude possible allergies An ENT specialist consult would also help examine your upper respiratory ways and your sinuses and exclude possible sinus infection (it can cause increased cough and mucus). You should discuss with your doctor on the above tests. Meanwhile, I would recommend avoiding going out in cold air or being in places when others are smoking (smoking is very irritating for airways). Hope you will find this answer helpful! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri