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I have been having a little trouble breathing, its not all the time though. i have been a smoker for about 7 years now. i am 21 years old. it all started about a few months ago in september. it started off with a cough with a little bit of phlem. then that went away for the most part, then i got a dry cough it wasnt really a constant cough though. then i would get some pains that felt like them were coming from my lung, and i say lung because it only really felt like it was the left one. and sometimes it felt like there was a weight on chest. then i quit smoking for about 3 weeks and for the most part it all seemed to go away, but then i started smoking again and it started to slowly come back. looking for ideas of what this could be ?

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Dear patient,
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Cigarette smoke contains around 400 chemicals, and constant exposure of the same can lead to progressive shortness of breath due to an allergic reaction of the same ( similar to asthma itself). This is a well known complication of smoking and the only way out of it is to stop smoking.

However, it will be prudent to have a chest x ray before we assume it to be something benign. hence i advice you to have a chest x-ray and to quit smoking.

Hope this helps. I'll be happy to answer any follow-up queries.

Dr. Jacob George P

Patient replied :

Can black shower mold cause the problems

Dear patient,

Any moulds in house can cause allergic symptoms and breathlessness. It can present acutely as bronchial asthma with wheeze and breathlessness or as sub acute hypersensitive pneumonitis with breathlessness. The most commonly implicated substances are house dust mite, and fungi in bathrooms.

Dr. Jacob George P

Dr. Jacob George Pulinilkunnathil
Category: Allergy and Immunologist
Residency, Post Graduation: MD, Respiratory Medicine, J L N Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan (2012).
Medical School, Internship: MBBS, Government Medical College, Kottayam, 2001-07 
Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM) - Medical Trust Hospital, 2013-2014.
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