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A 31-year-old female asked:

have shortness of breath some sinus stuffiness, body aches and the chills what's the best way to alleviate this?

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Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Flu?: It sounds like you could have the flu. I would suggest you go get a rapid flu test at your doctor's office or urgent care and if it is they can prescribe you a medication like Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to help lessen the time you may be down with severe illness. If not, supportive care with OTC cold&flu preparations, ibuprofen, fluids, and possibly an inhaler if you are short of breath but get checked out first.
Dr. Glenn Burns
Emergency Medicine 19 years experience
How bad is breathing: You are describing "flu-like" symptoms with is treated with rest, fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin to help with body aches and fever. BUT the shortness of breath is a concern. How bad is it? Are you wheezing? History of asthma? Do you have to stop normal activity for shortness of breath? Have a fever? This could mean pneumonia or other serious respiratory infection. If any of those, go to doc

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