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A 18-year-old female asked:

Help! so i started out with the normal cold symptoms cough sneeze runny nose sore throat but now i feel like a bricks on my chest and can't breath wel?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Go see your doctor: Most people can deal w/common cold symptoms w/o going to see their doc. Antibiotics won't do a thing for the common cold. However, you need to go see your doc if you can't breathe as some react to cold w/bronchoconstriction or asthma-like symptoms that do require prescription drugs. Don't wait until you're found unconscious. If you can't breathe, seek medical attention immediately.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Time to be seen: Although the symptoms initially were suggestive of a common cold, the significant chest/lung symptoms could be related to pneumonia (viral) or a secondary bacterial infection. Less likely possibilities are heart complications. Either way, time to see your doctor.

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