A 27-year-old female asked:
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slightly sore throatsome crackle sounds when i breath in at top of chest/bottom of throat.clean chest xray.slight headache/vertigo, sob exertion what is?

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Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Number of things...: This could be anything from a bacterial sinus infection that has caused upper airway inflammation, ear infection to acute bronchitis to any number of viral illness. Viral is most likely with headaches and vertigo, stay hydrated! the crackles could be mucus in upper airways, even draining from sinuses or ears. If you have an increase in shortness of breath and is concerning to you, er if worried.
Answered on Sep 15, 2013
Dr. Mahaveer Mukkamalla
Specializes in Family Medicine
Viral: Looks like viral upper respiratory tract infection or bronchitis. You can use otc cough, cold medicine for 5-7 days or until better. Do salt water gargling 2-3 times a day for relief of sore throat. Push fluids. Call your doctor if no improvement in 48-72 hrs. Good luck!
Answered on Jan 9, 2016

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