Is it an infection or allergies

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For the past couple of weeks I have developed a cough, runny nose and fatigue. My snot is clear and I can't get anything up with a cough. When I exert myself my oxygen level goes down. I've also had to use my nebulizer more often. I am not running a fever. I saw my primary doctor who felt sure that it was allergies. But that doesn't explain my fatigue. I am also taking montelukast and an allergy nasal spray. Should I go see my pulmonologist?

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    I can't make a decision on whether it would be wise to see the pulmonologist , but I'm having the same symptoms. Bronchiectasis can explain the fatigue and the cough. I don't know if bronchiectasis will explain the runny nose. It may be we are both experiencing an exacerbation.

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    with SJORGRENS SYNDROME I have bronchiectasis. They often go together. and I have a runny nose quite often even though my eeyes are so dry.

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    I would check with your pulmonary specialist. If you are not coughing up anything, my experience is that the mucus needs to loosen up or be thinned. In the past, my mucus would be so thick that I had a hard time coughing it up. Try a decongestion over-the-counter med if you can't get to the specialist soon.

    Beth

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    My pulmonologist has told me that any snot or phlegm that's white or clear is likely indicative of allergies or inflammation, that infectious secretions are more usually colored.

    That said, with the non-productive cough (which certainly doesn't help the fatigue!) and drop in O2 levels...yeah, I think a visit to your pulmonologist would be appropriate.

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    Yes, don't wait like I did, I can't cough up mucus because my airways are scared from a bronchial infection and mucus stayed in my airways and I got Pseudomonas infection that spread to my lungs, it's very important that you move your mucus and keep your airways clear, I wish I would of gone to a Pulmonologist sooner

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    Are you using Mucinex? When I'm not using Mucinex I have an unproductive cough, but when I take Mucinex (as the pulmonary doctor told me to) I'm able to cough up the phlegm and I breath better.

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    I have scarring in my airways and I can't cough up mucus so I have to blow in my acapella that vibrates my airways and clears my mucus.

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    I also use the acapella as recommended by my pulmonologist. It helps

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