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breathlessness, coughing and flu

hi, my dad works in a warehouse. when there is no work he just sit in the office and plays with the computer but when there's alot of work outside in the warehose he comes out and drive falk lifts transporting things new supplies from the container trucks into the store rooms and packs up new supplies and sends them away, the supplies are mainly telephone cables and discs.
just a few days ago he has been complaining about chest aches, headaches and flu. his not a asthma patients so i'm suggesting it might be the air condition or the dust in the warehouse that he works in, but i'm not too sure.
please explain his problem to me.
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replied April 25th, 2011
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

From the history given, it seems that your father might be having bronchitis associated with the exposure to the dust.

He might benefit by examination by a doctor and tests including a chest X ray.

Treatment includes reduction of exposure to the dust and use of dust masks.
Other medications incuding cough suppressants, brochodilators might be prescribed by a doctor after due examination.

I hope this helps.

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