Dr. K. : Hello, this is Dr K.. Answers are not medical advice and do not constitute a doctor/patient relationship. I look forward to helping you today.
Dr. K. : You have not caused lasting damage by three weeks exposure. In addition bleach inhalation causes lasting damage only with a much more significant exposure. Not what you described
Dr. K. : Lung damage requires chronic repeated exposure. With the problems you have theres a good chance you already have some emohysema or copd
Dr. K. : You need to get in to a dr for treatment
Dr. K. : You are reacting to whats in the dust particles. It is the lack of treatment that causes long term damage
Dr. K. : Sorry. Sp. emphysema
Would the emphsema be caused by the dust from my building work?
and if so, how worried should I be? - The earliest appointment I can get is next week
Dr. K. : You do no get it from just 3 weeks exposure
Dr. K. : you need to go to urgent care if you are short of breath
Dr. K. : next week is not good enough
OK thanks - but I've never had emphysema problems before
Dr. K. : Ok. Seems like you do now
Last question - how serious is emphysema?
Dr. K. : Its a chronic condition
... and it would just turn up out of the blue?
Dr. K. : it should be managed and controlled w inhalers and medication
Dr. K. : If it is controlled then it can be stable
Dr. K. : It did not just show up. You have likely had it and its much worse due to the dust
OK - I'll push for an earlier appointment now. Thank for your help
Dr. K. : Sure. Feel better