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For a few days my left ear was clogged, no other symptoms. It went away and now I have what feels like a chest cold, without cough or any other sympto?

For a few days my left ear was clogged, no other symptoms. It went away and now I have what feels like a chest cold, without cough or any other sympto?

Explanation: Most likely you have a common cold. You can use good medications for this kind of problems. This is Advil or Motrin 2 tablets-400 mg 3 times a day. This will help if you do not have cough and nasal congestion. Otherwise you can add Mucinex for cough and Day/niQuil ft nasal congestion.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a relatively bad cough from acute bronchitis/chest cold. What should I do?

I have a relatively bad cough from acute bronchitis/chest cold. What should I do?

See doctor: It is best for you to see doctor for proper evaluation and treatment.

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It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

Follow up: It is still possible, but cough is a common finding during bronchitis. Most bronchitic infections are caused by viral infections. Pulm virtual consult available to discuss.

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I have a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.

I have a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.

Chest pain/coughing: Be examined again. Either the infection has not resolved or your cough has strained your chest and it is chest wall pain. All the best.

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For the past 3 days my chest feels heavy or tight like when I have bronchitis. Breathing is normal. Mild cough. Is it a chest cold? Tea makes it better

For the past 3 days my chest feels heavy or tight like when I have bronchitis. Breathing is normal. Mild cough. Is it a chest cold? Tea makes it better

Bronchospasm...: This sounds like you are having bronchospasm for some reason. The chest tightness and mild cough, especially if dry, are signs of bronchospasm. The caffeine in the tea is helping to dilate the breathing tubes. If it continues or worsens, see your doctor to find out why you have it and to treat it more effectively. You may need a bronchodilator inhaler, for example. Good luck!!!

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I woke up with chest pain and every once in awhile a dry cough, is this a chest cold? I am 26, female, my body feels a little weak (like it usually does when I feel sick). My daughter has had a cough for 4 days so I may have gotten it from her.

I woke up with chest pain and every once in awhile a dry cough, is this a chest cold? I am 26, female, my body feels a little weak (like it usually does when I feel sick). My daughter has had a cough for 4 days so I may have gotten it from her.

It: It is possible that it is the same infection as your daughter, that has affected your lungs. That would commonly be called a "chest cold", so the answer on that is it could certainly be. Since you are having pain and cough, please make an appointment with your doctor. If you have worsening symptoms, fever, productive cough, or any shortness of breath then you will have to go to the er.

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What is the difference between a chest cold and pneumonia? What do I have? Mucous-y cough, overall sick feeling, stuffy nose, I'm scared!

What is the difference between a chest cold and pneumonia? What do I have? Mucous-y cough, overall sick feeling, stuffy nose, I'm scared!

Pneumonia is serious: Pneumonia is much serious than common cold or chest cold. If you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever/chills, loss of appetite, bring yellow-green or brown or bloody sputum then it is more likely to be pneumonia. If only cough, congestion, low grade fever, sore throat, change in voice can be from rhinitis, laryngitis, or bronchitis. If high fever and body pain, make sure you don't have flu.

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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.

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It's autumn time and I'm intolerant to cold. Tickly cough w/ mucus, dull/burning pain in chest, difficult breathing, malaise. Possible bronchitis?

It's autumn time and I'm intolerant to cold. Tickly cough w/ mucus, dull/burning pain in chest, difficult breathing, malaise. Possible bronchitis?

Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu it is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. For headache as an abortive NSAID otc. Hope it helps.

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Have dry cough and feels like when you have a chest cold. Afraid of PE because of recent trip. Tea and cough med makes it better. Also had shin pain?

PE less likely.: PE is less likely if you do not have pain and swelling of your leg. Pain should be especially in calf area with worse pain when you move your foot on that side up and down with your knee bent at 90 degrees and not pain in shin area. You probably have a virus infection that's causing your cough. Treat it symptomatically. Please get to E.R. lf you start getting chest pain or shortness of breath.

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I have never been able to cough up phlegm I gag and then vomit. I currently have a chest cold and I can not get rid of the phlegm. Any suggestions?

I have never been able to cough up phlegm I gag and then vomit. I currently have a chest cold and I can not get rid of the phlegm. Any suggestions?

Congestion: I don't think it is typically necessary to cough up phlegm. Try thinning it out by taking something like Guaifenesin and drinking lots of water. Don't just take the med without the water. Also try nasal saline rinse kit or neti pot if you have nasal congestion. The thinner phlegm should be absorbed by your body or swallowed and exit through the GI tract. See doctor if fever or not improving

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Trying to fight off a chest cold. Very little nasal congestion, just in the chest. Cough getting more frequent, but not coughing up anything yet?

Trying to fight off a chest cold. Very little nasal congestion, just in the chest. Cough getting more frequent, but not coughing up anything yet?

Chest?: I wonder what symptoms you have from the chest and have you had this before? Many times the cough may actually be from the throat. If not then I would worry about asthma brought on by a cold. Symptoms can include chest tightness, coughing, wheezing and breathlessness in which case you be seen right away for treatment. I wish there was a way to keep the virus from running it's course.

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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.

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I suddenly started having horrible burning upper mid chest and throat pain when I cough. No cold prior. Is this bronchitis?

I suddenly started having horrible burning upper mid chest and throat pain when I cough. No cold prior. Is this bronchitis?

Bronchitis: It may be, particularly if you are coughing and having difficult breathing. The best thing that you could do to resolve this question is to go immediately to a doctor and have yourself evaluated. Never ever fool with chest pain. It may be cardiac or other severe illness. Go now, do not wait. Er if necessary.

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How to know if bronchitis or chest cold or acid reflux is what I have burning in chest throat cough n raw feeling tickle in throat to?

How to know if bronchitis or chest cold or acid reflux is what I have burning in chest throat cough n raw feeling tickle in throat to?

Bronchitis vs reflux: You have asked a somewhat challenging question, to which the answer would be greatly aided by a detailed history and physical exam. However, I would say duration would add a helpful clue, since there is considerable overlap in the symptoms. Speaking in generalities, bronchitis would tend to be more acute and severe, while reflux would tend to be more chronic and less severe, but exceptions abound.

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I had a chest cold five weeks ago. I have asthma. Cough is worse, low fever and very painful under left breast coughing and at rest. Bronchitis?

I had a chest cold five weeks ago. I have asthma. Cough is worse, low fever and very painful under left breast coughing and at rest. Bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis...: You likely have acute bronchitis due to either a bacterial or viral infection. You also may be having some related bronchospasm contributing to the cough. See your doctor to determine the best treatment. If you are having increased shortness of breath, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation.

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40 weeks pregnant and I have a chest cold, no fever just really bad cough and baby hasn't been moving much should I be concerned?

40 weeks pregnant and I have a chest cold, no fever just really bad cough and baby hasn't been moving much should I be concerned?

Pregnancy/cold: Since you are nearly about to deliver it would not hurt to let your obstetrician see you and examine you. Have a great baby and enjoy.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more