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Dr. Duane Gels
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Chest Congestion (Overview)

Chest congestion is a symptom of increased secretions in the airways, which often occurs with viral or bacterial infections of the lung or upper airway. Sometimes chest congestion can be a sign of fluid buildup within the lung from a heart problem.


Dr. Duane Gels
293 doctors shared insights

Chest Congestion (Overview)

Chest congestion is a symptom of increased secretions in the airways, which often occurs with viral or bacterial infections of the lung or upper airway. Sometimes chest congestion can be a sign of fluid buildup within the lung from a heart problem.


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My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

Depends: Both are symptoms of a common cold and can appear at different times, but do not mean it is getting worse. However, if the symptoms are lasting more than 7-10 days or there are additional symptoms including, but not limited to such as fever, difficulty breathing, wheezing , i would recommend seeing a pediatrician. ...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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My baby is having cold and chest congestion, can I give yogurt and other dairy products to her?

My baby is having cold and chest congestion, can I give yogurt and other dairy products to her?

Yes: Giving yogurt and dairy products does not generally increase chest congestion--that is not a scientific fact although people sometimes feel it does.The only rare instance would be if the baby had an allergy to milk which is relatively rare. ...Read more

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My 4 years daughter suffers chronic chest congestion with heavy mucus since last 3 months. Anti biotic given but in vain. Plz advice treatment.

My 4 years daughter suffers chronic chest congestion with heavy mucus since last 3 months. Anti biotic given but in vain. Plz advice treatment.

chest congestion: You daughter should be evaluated by an allergist or pediatric pulmonologist. Her chronic congestion may be caused by asthma. ...Read more

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What is a home cure for nasal and chest congestion?

What is a home cure for nasal and chest congestion?

Nasal rinse?: Use of a salt water rinse by the use of a "netti pot" can be a simple way to help with nasal congestion and drainage. ...Read more

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Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions. Uhhhh? Can I take?

Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions.  Uhhhh? Can I take?

Ask pharmacist or Dr: This is very troubling indeed. And everything I've read supports what you found. Don't risk a potentially life-threatening interaction but do try to find an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) w/ your doctor. It's not the guaifenesin part, so you could take Mucinex pills and gargle w/ salt water for throat pain and drink honey-lemon-tea-(bit of bourbon). Sorry, but you actually may find this to work better! ...Read more

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I took six tablets of 250mg azithromycin, but my nasal congestion, cough and chest congestion are no better. Should i take the 2nd script of the same?

I took six tablets of 250mg azithromycin, but my nasal congestion, cough and chest congestion are no better. Should i take the 2nd script of the same?

No: It sounds like you took an adequate dose of antibiotics. Often times you get antibiotics for what turns out to be a viral respiratory infection, not responsive to antibiotics. It's good that you don't smoke, so keep drinking adequate fluids (like water) and treat yourself symptomatically with Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be patient. It could take weeks to get better. If worsening see doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more