A member 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?

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Dr. Alvin Lin answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

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.

Answered Dec 2, 2016

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

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.

Answered May 10, 2013

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