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Er gave me predisone& albuterol didn't have chest congestion now I do phlegm is crackling so hard to get out all I keep doing is coughing that it hurt?

Er gave me predisone& albuterol didn't have chest congestion now I do phlegm is crackling so hard to get out all I keep doing is coughing that it hurt?

May need antibiotic: It sounds as if you may have a bacterial infection brewing in your chest. The combination of steroids and albuterol may take care of some of the asthma like problem but the underlying issue may be an infection. You need to contact your doctor for consideration of antibiotics. ...Read more

Ventolin (Definition)

Ventolin is the trade name for the chemical / drug albuterol. This drug is a medicine to be inhaled to open the airways and it acts quickly, so it is called a "short-acting bronchodilator". The medicine comes in both a hand-held inhaler and as a liquid to be used with a nebulizer machine. It also comes in a liquid form to take by mouth, but this should not be used ...Read more


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Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.

Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.

Not really: Well, looks like you've got the albuterol in case you need it. Keep in mind that sometimes the body's response to inflammed airways is a cough, so albuterol may help that as well.
Sterile saline is available at any corner drug store, wal-mart, target, etc. In fact, many wound washes you find in the first-aid section are just sterile saline. Just read the bottle. Good luck, and see your doctor! ...Read more

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My asthma flared up on 2mg abuterol and singulair (montelukast) have chest congestion what can I take OTC for congestion?

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My asthma flared up on 2mg abuterol and singulair (montelukast) have chest congestion what can I take OTC for congestion?

Pls c ur doctor: Decongestants OTC might not be suitable for you as you are hypertensive, asthma flare can be from any cause, but this time of the year it is most probably due to viral infection. Kindly see your doctor for evaluation, you may need a short steroid burst if your chest is tight and nebulized/inhaled albuterol, in addition long term controller therapy for your asthma needs to be addressed, good luck ...Read more

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Sudden chest tightness, rapid hr, reflux, nasal congestion & trouble breathing. Albuterol helped. Lung infection 5 wks ago. Could this be asthma?

Sudden chest tightness, rapid hr, reflux, nasal congestion & trouble breathing. Albuterol helped. Lung infection 5 wks ago. Could this be asthma?

Mgt: It may be that the illness predisposed you to bronchospasm, which the Albuterol relieved. If you have a family history of asthma, this increases your likelihood of asthma. If you have recurrent wheezing, please see a specialist or your PCP. A virtual consultation may be useful to you and your PCP. ...Read more

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Are breathing problems related bad chest congestion?

Are breathing problems related bad chest congestion?

Yes: Yes but there could be many other causes. Get evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I am getting chest congestion frequently and that causes difficult in breathing and it's really uncomfortable for me to sleep due to breath shortnes?

I am getting chest congestion frequently and that causes difficult in breathing and it's really uncomfortable for me to sleep due to breath shortnes?

Chest congestion: This means shortness of breath or discomfort. Do you have an asthma or COPD? Do you smoke? Do you have any leg swelling? Do you snore during sleep? These all above conditions can cause congestion. May be you want to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a fever and cough with chest congestion for 4 days but last night it got better. This morning my congestion lead to difficulty breathing.

I have had a fever and cough with chest congestion for 4 days but last night it got better. This morning my congestion lead to difficulty breathing.

Call 911: If you are truly having difficulty breathing, do not drive yourself. Have someone else drive you or call 911. You should go to the emergency department. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get difficulty breathing with chest congestion?

Is it normal to get difficulty breathing with chest congestion?

Not really: Usually not but sometimes patients have nasal congestion and that can give rise to feeling of dyspnea. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat my infant chest congestion? No heavy breathing, and she's still eating good. She just coughs a lot.

What is the best way to treat my infant chest congestion? No heavy breathing, and she's still eating good. She just coughs a lot.

See Doctor: A vaporizer and the use of saline nose drops may help the symptoms, but if it continues or has been there a week or more-see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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1 yr old with chest congestion for 7 days coughs but not frequent and not productive. No fever. Can hear the congestion when breathing Go to dr?

1 yr old with chest congestion for 7 days coughs but not frequent and not productive. No fever. Can hear the congestion when breathing Go to dr?

Yes. Your child is: At the upper end of the age range for bronchiolitis caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or may have bronchial spasm in reaction to another respiratory virus. His doctor will distinguish small-airway wheezes from large-airway rattles. Cough & cold medications are not given to children < 6 years old, but If indicated, bronchodilators are prescribed for infants & children. ...Read more

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26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

Stop the vicks: This is not unusual at that age. Any previous cold or lower respiratory illness can be aggravated by fragrances like that in vicks. I never recommend that product until school age if ever. I find it prolongs the problem. ...Read more

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My daugher who is 1 month old is having closed nose n cough, doubt if chest congestion. While breathing can hear a different sound.

My daugher who is 1 month old is having closed nose n cough, doubt if chest congestion. While breathing can hear a different sound.

? irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Control the asthma: It is understandable that when one can't breathe well, one often gets anxiety and thus you need to see someone, preferably an allergist, to get your asthma under control since you are not taking anything for it.
On the other hand, anxiety can worsen asthma and only when we can get your asthma under control can we be certain on which is the chicken and which the egg. ...Read more

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High BP, nausea, chest congestion, (no fever) difficulty breathing, cough, and dizziness when I stand up. Causes? Have an Echo in a week.

High BP, nausea, chest congestion, (no fever) difficulty breathing, cough, and dizziness when I stand up. Causes? Have an Echo in a week.

19 years old: All the symptoms you list can be caused by asthma/bronchospastic disease, which, in your age group, would be my first diagnosis. Infection or allergy can be a trigger and should be considered. Unless you have known congenital heart disease, the echo is unlikely to be revealing. Pulmonary function testing is higher yield. A chest x-ray may also help. ...Read more

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My son is 3 years of age and from birth till now he always suffer from cold cough flu chest congestion. Help?

My son is 3 years of age and from birth till now he always suffer from cold cough flu chest congestion. Help?

Recurrent infections: Children will experience more colds and infections especially if they attend daycare, exposed to cigarette smoke or were forn very premature. Chronic or recurrent congestion, cough may indicate allergies and/or asthma. Less common is an immune system problem predisposing children to recurrent, severe or unusual infections. An allergist can assist in sorting these out. ...Read more

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I am currently taking 50 mg of sertraline and I have a cough with chest congestion. What can I take for my for cold?

I am currently taking 50 mg of sertraline and I have a cough with chest congestion. What can I take for my for cold?

Viral URI: There a dozen or more otc cold tablets or syrups available and you can choose one based upon your symptom complex and what you would like relieved, or consult with your friendly pharmacist. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have really bad Chest Congestion where I am coughing up a lot of mucus and I don't know why? I don't have any other cold symptoms

I have really bad Chest Congestion where I am coughing up a lot of mucus and I don't know why? I don't have any other cold symptoms

Bronchitis: Any infection of the respiratory system can lead to an inflammatory response. Mucous and white cells are pushed out into the respiratory tract. Mostly, it is not a bacterial infection (bad odor or color of secretions would be a sign of this along with overall infection signs of fever/chills/etc). Prescribed respiratory anti-inflammatories (monteluekast or steroids) often help ...Read more

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My baby had cold, cough n chest congestion for more than a wyk. Doc gave medcine. Still not fully recoverd. Now she refuse to eat. Wat could it be. Plz?

My baby had cold, cough n chest congestion for more than a wyk. Doc gave medcine. Still not fully recoverd. Now she refuse to eat. Wat could it be. Plz?

Have her seen again: It may have been a viral infection and now she has a secondary infection. If she refuses to eat or drink have her checked again. ...Read more

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Will Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Effervescent Tablets get rid of chest congestion?

Will Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Effervescent Tablets get rid of chest congestion?

NO: Hot steam showers, honey, expectorants like Mucinex (guaifenesin) or Delsym DM, warm water gargles and staying ahead on fluid intake: 8-10 8 oz, glasses of fluid daily. ...Read more

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My friend has a head cold and chest congestion. He has g6pd. What OTC decongestants are safe for him to take?

My friend has a head cold and chest congestion. He has g6pd. What OTC decongestants are safe for him to take?

OTC medications are: Heavily marketed to the public, but data suggests they do little if anything to alter the course of illnesses they are marketed toward. Some symptomatic relief may be achieved, but is generally short-lived. A more effective approach, with no risk to a g6pd patient, are the old standbys, rest, hydration, humidified air and time. This said, most otc meds are low risk. See g6pd. Org for specifics. ...Read more

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Normal BP 115/75 I have a cold and chest congestion took some tylonol cold and sinus now its 150/99 my BP only gets this high with anxiety what's wrong?

Normal BP 115/75 I have a cold and chest congestion took some tylonol cold and sinus now its 150/99 my BP only gets this high with anxiety what's wrong?

Transient BP: A single BP reading in one arm has very little significance. If it continues this elevated you should be seen by a doctor and evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a cold, my cough is gone but I still have chest congestion. What can I do?

It is hard to make d: It is hard to make diagnosis without seeing a patient. See your pcp its for your benefits. ...Read more

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For a month, every weekend I get freezing cold at night some chest congestion, loose phlem

For a month, every weekend I get freezing cold at night some chest congestion, loose phlem

Seek medical help: This may be a chronic lung infection such as lung abscess, tuberculosis, atypical pneumonia. You need an evaluation from your doctor. Don't delay. ...Read more

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My fiance had a cold that was going around that landed him home sick for 4 days. Now he has chest congestion and a cough for the last 2 weeks. Help?

My fiance had a cold that was going around that landed him home sick for 4 days. Now he has chest congestion and a cough for the last 2 weeks. Help?

Seems...: It seems that after the initial cold symptoms he never fully recovered from that. The fact that symptoms are worse and lasted for so long makes us think he could be having a bacterial infection of some sort, could be sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia. The only way to definitely tell is to have him see his doctor for exam, diagnosis and possible antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I've had pretty bad chest congestion for a few years now, sometimes clearing my airways of mucus every 2 minutes. Gets worse in cold, exercise, indoor?

May be asthma and...: It is difficult to tell what you have, but I would suspect asthma is likely cause of your trouble. Cystic fibrosis may have similar symptoms, but should have been having symptoms since childhood. COPD is not likely in a 24 yrs old and alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency may also do so, but often in 30s-40s and smoking increase/causes earlier symptoms. U should consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have asthma and chest congestion, can I still drink cold drinks and jamba juice?

I have asthma and chest congestion, can I still drink cold drinks and jamba juice?

Maybe: Some patient's asthma is very sensitive to cold temperature, such as cold air. Rarely, drinking cold drinks or eating ice cream can even trigger asthma. Most don't. If u wheeze or cough after drinking cold drink, then you better not do it. ...Read more

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Albuterol (Definition)

Albuterol is a beta 2 agonist that stimulates the muscles in the airways to open up if they are in spasm. Typically the medicine is inhaled via a meter dosed inhaler (mdi), or a nebulizer and also available ...Read more


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