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Chest cold, cough, no energy, wheezing. taking regular Robitussin (guaifenesin) and drinking lots of water?

Chest cold, cough, no energy, wheezing. taking regular Robitussin (guaifenesin) and drinking lots of water?

See below: Not sure what your question is, but with your mentioned history of wheezing and tobacco use, I would recommend you see a physician. As a general rule, most OTC cough medications (Robitussin) provide little releif, especially if you are wheezing. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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For one month I have had a chest cold , coughing , tight feeling can't move mucus and iam having a hard time to breath , when active, tied , but sleep?

For one month I have had a chest cold , coughing , tight feeling can't move mucus and iam having a hard time to breath , when active, tied , but sleep?

Need check up: Since you've had your symptoms for a month, with difficulty breathing, you need to be examined. You could have bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, mild heart failure....You need to be examined and treated. Hope it resolves soon! ...Read more

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Wife has bad chest cold. Coughing yellow phlegm. Sore from coughing, lack of sleep. Takes citalopram and clonazepam for panic attacks, zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. What to take now and when to get help. ?

Wife has bad chest cold. Coughing yellow phlegm. Sore from coughing, lack of sleep. Takes citalopram and clonazepam for panic attacks, zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. What to take now and when to get help. ?

Symptomatic care: Most colds go away on their own and do not need medications, even with phlegm. Fluids, rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain can all be helpful. Sometimes antihistamines like zyrtec can make getting secretions loose harder. Some folks feel vitamin c helps, and it likely will not hurt, but no great studies exist. Zinc lozenges may have a role. Get help for worsening shortness of breath, fever, lasts 7-20 days. ...Read more

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I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?

I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?

Inflammation: The coarse interstitial markings are likely from the inflammation of your lungs due to the chest cold. This should go away after you have gotten over your chest cold and congestion. ...Read more

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Sore red throat for a month. Saltwater rinse and honey not helping. little cough and ear pain. Had a chest cold but cough and phlegm are gone no fever?

Sore red throat for a month. Saltwater rinse and honey not helping. little cough and ear pain. Had a chest cold but cough and phlegm are gone no fever?

Strep throat: If not allergic to amox, should get this for prolonged sore throat or at least get rapid strep test. Good you did the salt water gargles but 3x/day and add chicken soup , it helps. ...Read more

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Chest cold and coughing alot. Will this make my chest hurt with costochondritis?

Chest cold and coughing alot. Will this make my chest hurt with costochondritis?

That & also the-: -intercostal muscles can become sore. With a chronic cough with chest pain, U could also have a pleurisy from an underlying pneumonia. B checked by Ur PCP ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more