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Dr. Duane Gels
321 Doctors shared insights

Chest Congestion (Overview)

Chest congestion - fluid/ mucus collection in lungs.


Dr. Duane Gels
321 Doctors shared insights

Chest Congestion (Overview)

Chest congestion - fluid/ mucus collection in lungs.


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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

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How can I prevent allergies that turn into heavy sinus and chest congestion?

How can I prevent allergies that turn into heavy sinus and chest congestion?

Fall allergies: You may be allergic to weeds or dust mites, depending on the weather conditions where you live. If this is an annual occurence, see an allergist now, get tested to find your triggers and get treated ahead of time to avoid such exacerbation. ...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?

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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Sudden chest congestion?

Allergic reaction: A return to florida may have triggered off an allergic reaction which has brought on the sudden coughing spell. ...Read more

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What can someone do for chest congestion?

What can someone do for chest congestion?

Chest congestion: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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What are effective home remedies for chest congestion?

What are effective home remedies for chest congestion?

Try these tips:: Avoid milk as it can increase mucus production in many people. Increase your water intake to help loosen the phlem. Take a hot shower and breathe the steam or boil water on the stove. Many hots teas are soothing such as mullen and honey. Do not give honey to children or infants. Any cough lasting longer than one week should be evaluated by a doctor just in case infection is present. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC for chest congestion in adults.?

What is the best OTC for chest congestion in adults.?

Need to see Doc: Chest congestion may have different causes, it could be cold, viral infections, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or fluids from heart trouble. If symptoms persists need to see a doc, and possibly a chest radiograph to make sure there is no fluid in lungs. Hence, treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat my stubborn chest congestion?

What should I do to treat my stubborn chest congestion?

Be clear: What is stubborn means? How lond do you have it how often? Is it seasonal? Any family member has it? Tke some decogetant and nucolytic stuff too. Lot of water. ...Read more

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I have consistent chest congestion, help, any recommendations?

I have consistent chest congestion, help, any recommendations?

Physician visit: Could be many causes. Recommend you consult a physician and if you are a smoker-stop! ...Read more

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What to do if I have got chest congestion. How shall I cure it?

What to do if I have got chest congestion. How shall I cure it?

Supportive care: THe best thing to do initially is hydrate with non caffeinated fluids, Tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches and pains, something like Mucinex to thin secretions but if you develop a fever aches and productive cough see a doctor.
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I have a chest congestion coughing for the past 3 weeks with no pain. Is this normal?

I have a chest congestion coughing for the past 3 weeks with no pain. Is this normal?

Yes: A cold or allergies, or sinus drainage. Any fever? If so, you should be seen by you pcp. ...Read more

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My chest congestion is so severe I can't lay on one side. Is there anything that would help?

My chest congestion is so severe I can't lay on one side. Is there anything that would help?

Chest congestion: Try having a steam vaporiser in ur bedroom and put soem liquid Vicks in the water. This maight help u breathe easier. Also if it is reallly bad u shsould see ur doc to make sure u do nto have any bronchits or pneumonia or wheezing. If u have wheezing u need to have bronchodialtor and if it si bronchitis or pneumonia u might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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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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