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Freehold Borough, NJ
A 21-year-old female asked:

I have cold for a week now; sore throat and congestion gone. no coughing/mucous. i feel very weak and chest tightness, as i feel the need to focus on taking a deep breath. is the tightness a concern being that it came after the cold/towards end?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
This can happen if the airways remain “twitchy” after an upper respiratory infection is resolving. This can result in a cough that can last for an extended period of time or the symptoms you describe. An inhaler that you use temporarily can help with these symptoms so call your doctor and describe this and ask for an inhaler. You will likely only need it for a week or 2 but you will feel better!
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 37 years experience
A virtual consultation with Healthtap is also available. You may have had COVID 19, and should be evaluated. Influenza is another potential cause and viral illnesses may result in prolonged cough and wheezing. A quick relief inhaler and an anti-inflammatory inhaler may be indicated. Watch for fever and signs of infection.

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