Sick in buildings

Sick building syndrome

Patients report that they constantly suffer from the feeling, which is difficult to describe, that there is something disturbing and constricting in their throat and that it has to come out somehow. They constantly feel the need to swallow or clear their throat. For some, it also triggers an urge to cough or shortness of breath.

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