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A 22-year-old female asked:

i want to know if i should go to the doctor or self medicate. my chest is burning and tight especially when i cough it feels like i cant breathe. i have really sore post nasal drip. my head is stuffy and my sinuses and ears are sore.

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Dr. Hajra g m Motala
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Influenza: It sounds like you have a respiratory infection such as influenza It is best to see your doctor

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