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Bronchitis, Allergies or something worse????

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  • Posted By: boom34
  • May 26, 2010
  • 02:32 AM

About six weeks ago, I cut several pieces of HardiBacker cement board indoors with a jig saw and without any type of mask or respiratory protection.

A few days after, I developed a slight cough as well as clear phelgm, and my chest felt a little tight. I went to the doctor twice. He told me he thought it was Bronchitis and gave me antibiotics both times. He said my lungs sounded clear. He took no x-rays.

I still have the cough. I sleep well at night. I cough up a little in the mornings and then again in later afternoon, early evening. But now, I also seem to have a shortness of breath. Many times over the day, I sometimes can not complete sentences without stopping to take a breath.

Any ideas?????
Of course, I was paranoid of silica and silicosis, but what are the odds???

boom

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  • I've kept it in my hallway and bedroom door for a month, when I was out of town and recently develped a sore throat. I think its an allegic reaction. Make sure it's out of the way and stored elsewhere. About six weeks ago, I cut several pieces of HardiBacker cement board indoors with a jig saw and without any type of mask or respiratory protection. A few days after, I developed a slight cough as well as clear phelgm, and my chest felt a little tight. I went to the doctor twice. He told me he thought it was Bronchitis and gave me antibiotics both times. He said my lungs sounded clear. He took no x-rays. I still have the cough. I sleep well at night. I cough up a little in the mornings and then again in later afternoon, early evening. But now, I also seem to have a shortness of breath. Many times over the day, I sometimes can not complete sentences without stopping to take a breath. Any ideas?????Of course, I was paranoid of silica and silicosis, but what are the odds??? boom
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  • I've kept it in my hallway and bedroom door for a month, when I was out of town and recently develped a sore throat. I think its an allegic reaction. Make sure it's out of the way and stored elsewhere.Whenever i move out of my home, i start coughing and sneezing,i remain fine at my home.This is happening from past 4 months.Kindly suggest
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  • Whenever i move out of my home, i start coughing and sneezing,i remain fine at my home.This is happening from past 4 months.Kindly suggest It may be a wind borne allergen.. maybe a seasonal one. I was getting that reaction to the a big yellow wattle tree down the end of my street when it was in flower.
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  • About six weeks ago, I cut several pieces of HardiBacker cement board indoors with a jig saw and without any type of mask or respiratory protection. A few days after, I developed a slight cough as well as clear phelgm, and my chest felt a little tight. I went to the doctor twice. He told me he thought it was Bronchitis and gave me antibiotics both times. He said my lungs sounded clear. He took no x-rays. I still have the cough. I sleep well at night. I cough up a little in the mornings and then again in later afternoon, early evening. But now, I also seem to have a shortness of breath. Many times over the day, I sometimes can not complete sentences without stopping to take a breath. Any ideas?????Of course, I was paranoid of silica and silicosis, but what are the odds??? boomHey Boom,If you read my blog, I had similiar issue with doing Dry Wall work. In thiscase the dry wall compund (made by Phenominal Labs, DONT USE IT) saysnot to use without a mask and to use wet sanding. Believe me, if I sawthis warning before I bought it, I would of never used it. Anyway, to makealong story short, the room was overly dusty, I was wearing a mask (pretty sure there was leakage) and I had an allergic reaction. I wentto see a Pulmonologist who seemed to be more knowledgable about Silocoiss than my general doctor. Once things calmed down, I was leftwith what I can describe as post nasal drip (confrimed by the doctor).This generated a dry and sometimes productive cough to clear the airways. Now (as my name suggest), I have had this cough for over a monthnow and I suspect shortness of breath occuring, but I'm not reallysure what shortness of breath is. So I think you and I are in the sameboat but....There is a such thing as an acute symptoms and acute silicosis. But thisstuff takes time to become evident and time is in the sequence of years.There are people who work in factories of this stuff (now being controlled)who never develop such a disease. Then there are "the other cases".In the end, I think the odds are low, but there is always a possibility...I would see a specialist if you are not getting results from your GP. Inmy case I saw a Pulmonologist who gave some piece of mind, and dida more thorough analysis by way of breathing test. He saw somethinggoing on in my sinuses and prescribed a sterioid for it. So it is obviousto me that this chemical irritated my sinuses and is now generating a cough.So to tell you the odds, is practically impossible because your exposureis subjective to what you think you experienced. But I can tell you thatthe odds are in your favor.Anyway, I'm babling because it is good to write this stuff out for a pieceof mind. See a specialists, and take heart that the odds are low. Butwear a mask when you do this type of work. OSHA and 3M can providerecomendations.Another note, I called OSHA, 3m, and poison control and all 3 will tell youthat there is no risk for exposure unless you do this stuff on dialy basisand subjected to high content.Let me know how things turn out. I keep my progress here on my blog.Hope this helps.
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