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I've had chronic chest congestion and shortness of breath after the flu. Antibiotics and steroids didn't help. It's not tb. Any suggestions?

I've had chronic chest congestion and shortness of breath after the flu. Antibiotics and steroids didn't help. It's not tb. Any suggestions?

Pulmonologist: You need to see a pulmonary disease specialist. How long has it been since you had the flu? It may just take more time. If you smoke (hopefully not), of course you must stop. You may have allergies that have been unmasked. You may have an anatomic obstruction like a bronchial polyp. Many possibilities. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is shortness of breath a sign of chest congestion?

Can you tell me is shortness of breath a sign of chest congestion?

Many causes: There are many possible causes of shortness of breath, e.g. Lung disease, heart disease, anemia, etc. History, physical exam, labs, x-ray and other imaging would help differentiate the cause. You should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes non stop deep coughing, shortness of breath, chest congestion? I coughed for 45 minutes straight last night, causing lack of breath.

What causes non stop deep coughing, shortness of breath, chest congestion? I coughed for 45 minutes straight last night, causing lack of breath.

See your Dr.: Those symptoms make me think that you might have pneumonia. This is the time to go see a doctor and get checked. There are other causes as well but they are going to require physical exam. Go see your doctor. Now is the time. ...Read more

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I wake up gasping for air, feel short of breath often, have persistent light chest congestion, and am occasionally disoriented. I'm 27, 145 lbs, rarely exercise. It's been a year, worse lately. Ideas?

I wake up gasping for air, feel short of breath often, have persistent light chest congestion, and am occasionally disoriented. I'm 27, 145 lbs, rarely exercise. It's been a year, worse lately. Ideas?

?asthma: Awakening with shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing is often due to nocturnal asthma. It's best to discuss this symptom with your physician who will order the appropriate tests and treatment. The symptoms may be brought on by changes in temperature or barometric pressure or by dust mites or dust collectors in your bedroom. ...Read more

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I've had mild congestion and lately shortness of breath chest tightness. Today when i cough my chest burns. No fevers or any other symptoms.

I've had mild congestion and lately shortness of breath chest tightness. Today when i cough my chest burns. No fevers or any other symptoms.

Viral syndrome?: This sounds like a viral syndrome, but it could of course be something more serious like angina-equivalent as well. I would have my primary care physician check me out first and obtain a chest x-ray and an ekg. ...Read more

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My wife and I both had chest congestion. We both had a beer and after the second sip either of us couldn't catch our breath, has happened once before ?

Allergic to alcohol?: Hard to say why it happened to both of you. More information would be needed. You could have gotten an allergic reaction to excess bacteria or chemicals in the beer. If it's happened to both of you before then I would suspect the beer.
If you had chest congestion before drinking the beer then it's possible that the alcohol just set your congestion off worse. ...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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Mucinex (guaifenesin) not helping chest congestion sounds like i'm snoring when i breath clears with deep coughs then comes back after few min.

Mucinex (guaifenesin) not helping chest congestion sounds like i'm snoring when i breath clears with deep coughs then comes back after few min.

Chest xray and ov: You need to get a chest xray and an office vist, to differentiate between pneumonia and bronchitis. Your doctor also may want to put you on antibiotics for a short course. ...Read more

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Cough, chest congestion & wheezing w/ deep breaths for ~3 wks. Cough can be aggressive @ times & barely productive. When productive, phlegm is thick.

Cough, chest congestion & wheezing w/ deep breaths for ~3 wks. Cough can be aggressive @ times & barely productive. When productive, phlegm is thick.

Seek help asap: You will need to see a doc ASAP. Antibiotics, bronchodilators , possible admission are in order. Probably all viral but if fevers and xray show anything they might start antibiotics. Meanwhile, keep yourself well hydrated. ...Read more

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Have allergies and asthma. Started having chest congestion three days ago. Hard to breath. Inhaler not working but over 1yr old, is that the reason?

Have allergies and asthma. Started having chest congestion three days ago. Hard to breath. Inhaler not working but over 1yr old, is that the reason?

Not likely->ER now: The inhaler if stored properly is usually good for at least 2 years. It seems your asthma is getting worse and you need to get immediate medical attention now before it gets even worse. Call your doctor or go to the ER now. ...Read more

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I have a Lung Infection and Chest congestion, but since then, i wake up in the middle of the night and cough until i cant breath and sometimes vomit ?

I have a Lung Infection and Chest congestion, but since then, i wake up in the middle of the night and cough until i cant breath and sometimes vomit ?

Waking up in the: middle of the night with cough/breathing problems can be a sign of acid reflux disease, ongoing infection, sleep apnea, or allergic rhinitis/sinus drainage. You need to be seen by a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I've had something goingonwith congestion.First seemed like cold then moved to chest congest.Tooka Mucinex (guaifenesin) but I've been short of breath/dizzy/gassyhelp?

Congestion: Congestion is a very common symptom all year round, but especially in the winter months. They are often caused by viruses that resolve on their own. However, sometimes the cause is bacteria and they may require antibiotic. If you feel your symptoms have worsened over time, i recommend you consult with your doctor for a more thorough history and exam. ...Read more

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Is my shortness of breath related to my sinus congestion?

Is my shortness of breath related to my sinus congestion?

In a way: Your sinus congestion could also mean your lungs are congested. Shortness of breath (sob) is more troublesome, so go see your dr. To ensure your lungs are healthy and your sob is not due to something else. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can gastroparesis cause breathing problems, ie a feeling of congestion, shortness of breath? If so, what can be done to ease this problem?

Can gastroparesis cause breathing problems, ie a feeling of congestion, shortness of breath?  If so, what can be done to ease this problem?

Yes: Gastroparesis can cause increase acid reflux, which can irritate to wind pipe and lung tissue which will give increase shortness of breath. Anyway, consult your doctor to get a thorough examination and to discuss the treatment options. ...Read more

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Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have copd?

Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have  copd?

Short of breath: There are lots of possibilities and a history and physical exam and possibly other work up might be needed. From out here can't say anything specific. Be sure to talk about it and get clarity from the cardiologist. ...Read more

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I've had shortness of breath 2 weeks, then congestion and phlegm cough and lost voice for 5 days and still.. what can this be. On cipro not working ?

I've had shortness of breath 2 weeks, then congestion and phlegm cough and lost voice for 5 days and still.. what can this be. On cipro not working ?

Viral infection?: Although you might just have had a cold which may leave you coughing for several weeks on occasions. However the shortness of breath is of concern and one needs to consider pneumonia as a potential cause. I think it is time for you to get a lung function test . If normal, a cardiology consult may be in order. ...Read more

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Mr. Farmer is 68, has a history of copd, and is complaining of increased shortness of breath and nasal congestion. What is it?

Mr. Farmer is 68, has a history of copd, and is complaining of increased shortness of breath and nasal congestion. What is it?

Go to ER..,: There are many possible causes of these symptoms. But, increasing shortness of breath is potentially life-threatening and should always be evaluated by a doctor asap! this person could have acute bronchitis, bronchospasm from any etiology, pulmonary embolus, sinus infection, etc. Any of these could worsen his respiratory status and can result in acute respiratory failure in a COPD patient. ...Read more

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Nasal congestion which causes shortness of breath especially at night when lying down. Not a mouth breather. Is it normal with stuffy nose?.

Nasal congestion which causes shortness of breath especially at night when lying down. Not a mouth breather. Is it normal with stuffy nose?.

Expected: With an upper respiratory tract infection to have some shortness of breath, especially at night, lower airways can be affected too causing such, if you are really suffering see your doctor, you may need some inhaler bronchodilator to use as needed during this attack of upper respiratory tract infection, or may need to see an allergist for comprehensive assessment, goodluck ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Gerds my symptoms dry throat, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, globus. Silent Reflux. How to Naturally heal throat and esophagus ?

Diagnosed with Gerds my symptoms dry throat, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, globus. Silent Reflux. How to Naturally heal throat and esophagus ?

GERD: Please repost and define your notion of "naturally." Please consider health & disease overall; in other words, how would you define treating, say, a heart attack or stroke or life-threatening high blood pressure or status asthmaticus or uncontrolled seizures or severe GI bleeding "naturally"? ...Read more

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My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose.So kindly tell me the best medicine ?

My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose.So kindly tell me the best medicine ?

See below: You have a cold. I recommend an over the counter decongestant either phenylephrine nose drops or spray or pseudephedrine tablets (the ones locked up behind the counter). Use them for only 3-4 days to avoid rebound phenomenon. You could also take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief and throat lozenges if sore throat. Take Robitussin-DM for cough. Keep yourself well hydrated and you should get better soon. ...Read more

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I am suffering from catarrah runny nose nasal congestion cough with shortness of breath phelgmin upper respiratory tract i cannot go to doctor .

I am suffering from catarrah runny nose nasal congestion cough with shortness of breath phelgmin upper respiratory tract i cannot go to doctor .

Cold or allergies: Your symptoms can be from a wide variety of ailments. How long have you been suffering from these symptoms? If they recur continuously, you may be suffering from nasal allergies and secondary asthma. If this is an acute problem you may be suffering from an infection. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, difficulty breathing and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both) . The following also describe me: Runny nose, Sneezing, Nasal drainage, Shortness of breath, and Ear pressure. What should I do?

I am experiencing  nasal congestion, difficulty breathing and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both) . The following also describe me: Runny nose, Sneezing, Nasal drainage, Shortness of breath, and Ear pressure. What should I do?

See allergist: If you have trouble breathing (aside from nasal congestion) , you are suffering from allergic rhinitis and asthma. Although they can often be controlled by medications, it is better to treat the cause by consulting an allergist. In the meanwhile you may try nasal steroid to reduce the nasal congestion. ...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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