Pulmonology Q & A

Below are our archive of questions and answers in Pulmonology.

Question 6/4/2002: I have a black spot on my lung that showed up in an x-ray, I was given a TB test with no reaction and was told it was probably from blackbirds not to worry about it. I am concerned about this spot as I am a smoker and have been since I was 22 years old and we do not have a blackbird population large or small in our area. It is very rare when we see a blackbird. Should I be concerned and where should I go to get a descent answer?

Answer: It is not unusual to see calcified granulomas on chest x-rays in this area secondary to Histoplasmosis infections in the past.  However, if you have a spot on your lung, which concerns you, you need to see a pulmonologist for an evaluation.

Question 5/17/2002: What would be the best thing to take for a very nasty cough and constant stuffiness of the nose? I want to breathe!
Answer: Treating the cough and nasal stuffiness all depends on the cause.... At this time of year, allergic rhinitis and/or sinusitis are quite common. In that circumstance an antihistamine combined with a decongestant agent, nasal steroids and perhaps an antibiotic if infection is present may be necessary to relieve the symptoms. See your family doctor for an evaluation. NEA Clinic - (870) 935-4150 (for appointment)

Question 3/27/2002: Is there a connection between having allergies at a young age and getting asthma in you older years?
Answer: Yes, there is a direct correlation between allergies in youth and eventual asthma. Asthma is inflammation of the bronchial tubes with eventual bronchospasm. In some cases seasonal allergies, unchecked, may be followed by periods of bronchospasm. See your family doctor or pulmonologist if you are having this problem.
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Question 2/25/2002: I have a cold and can't get over the cough what is the best medication for cough?
Answer: The best cure for the cough is to cure the causative infection. Anti-tussives are used for symptomatic relief. They range from narcotic agents to alcohol-based agents. The most common cause of chronic cough in a non-smoker is sinusitis untreated or Gastroesophageal reflux, so in some cases the cough will not be relieved until those problems have been addressed.
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Question 1/17/2002: Can working in a building with mold in the heat/air vents and mold on the wall cause chronic fatigue, cold/allergy symptoms and make one more susceptible to pneumonia?

Answer: Chronic exposure to these agents by an individual who is sensitive may cause chronic inflammation. This in turn may set the stage for more frequent episodes of bronchitis or even pneumonia if the person is weakened. Of course, the chronic allergic symptoms may eventually cause chronic fatigue.
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