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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: inhaled dust on job site/chest tightness

 Storm2850 - Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:58 pm

On my recent job site we were demolishing some old structures most were wood. We didn't actually cut any wood but the building is old and inclosed, there was a considerable amount of dust. The entire crew was coughing, eyes watering, sneezing. We were provided masks the following day. However, withing 48 hours I started having tightness in my chest, and developed a dry unproductive cough, I have a decreased appetite and a general feeling like I am tired all the time and just need to sleep. Do you think this is something serious? Or will it go away on its own
 Dr. A. Madia - Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:28 am

User avatar Hi,

Inhalation of dust particles can cause a reflex spasm of the bronchi.[wind pipes]. This is partly allergic, partly due to irritation. It can cause sever sneezing and watering of eyes also. The bronchospasm will be followed be excess secretion of mucus in your bronchi. This in turn leads to congestion, and coughing. There is also associated inflammation. This inflammed tissue catches bacterial infection from air easily and one feels feverish, fatigued, malaise, tiredness.

A routine course of antibiotic advised by your doctor with a bronchodilator syrup and a mucolytic agent will do you a lot of good.

I hope this is helpful,


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