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Does citrus odor cause serious cough?

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Posted on Sat, 14 May 2016
Question: My room-mate and caretaker has had a serious cough for over a week. She says she feels fine and that it is just her bronchitis and allergies aggravated by a citrus paint remover she used that claims to be non-toxic. She says citrus odor has been a problem in the past but this time seems to be more serious. She's not feeling as 'fine' today as she has all week. She cleans houses and is busy all the time..
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
clinical examination will clarify this issue

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

if her cough is allergic in nature or due to chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) then a doctor may detect clear signs during the clinical examination. Sometimes the signs are evident even without clinical examination like wheezing particularly during expiration.

One thing to consider is this. Her chronic conditions could be the cause of the cough but sometimes an infection may cause it and even cause symptoms that may make her think it's COPD or allergy. Fever and malaise would be clues to an infectious etiology.

Allergic reactions and COPD may benefit from inhaled bronchodilators, so confirmation of this diagnosis is important.

So in conclusion, the best option for her would be to visit her doctor for clinical examination.

I hope you find my comments helpful!
You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information.

Kind Regards!
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Brief Answer: clinical examination will clarify this issue Detailed Answer: Hello, if her cough is allergic in nature or due to chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) then a doctor may detect clear signs during the clinical examination. Sometimes the signs are evident even without clinical examination like wheezing particularly during expiration. One thing to consider is this. Her chronic conditions could be the cause of the cough but sometimes an infection may cause it and even cause symptoms that may make her think it's COPD or allergy. Fever and malaise would be clues to an infectious etiology. Allergic reactions and COPD may benefit from inhaled bronchodilators, so confirmation of this diagnosis is important. So in conclusion, the best option for her would be to visit her doctor for clinical examination. I hope you find my comments helpful! You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information. Kind Regards!