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I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

Common Cold: If your dry cough persists for a while (4-6 weeks) this could be secondary to inflammation in your upper airway or lungs subsequent to the common cold viruses or post nasal drip syndrome, in both these cases a short course of inhaled broncho dilators like albuterol might be useful (this is not OTC). Try steam inhalation, it provides symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

Baby nose: As babies face and head grow early in life, the nasal passages can actually narrow out a little bit. Since the nasal passages are so very narrow to start with in infants, a little bit of additional narrowing can lead to a lot of noise. He (or she) will outgrow this as face fills out in the second half of the first year. Nothing to worry about as long s no other symptoms and eating fine! ...Read more

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Chest hurts, coughing a little bit, bad headache, runny nose - yet kinda feels little stuffy at times. What's wring with me?

Chest hurts, coughing a little bit, bad headache, runny nose - yet kinda feels little stuffy at times. What's wring with me?

Upper Respiratory: Sounds notoriously like the common cold (upper respiratory infection). You don't mention if you have a fever or not. It appears you have a history of bronchospasm, so be sure to use your bronchodilator and not miss your singulair (montelukast).Feel better soon, usually lasts 5-7 days, cough can linger a bit longer. ...Read more

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Three days ago I woke up with a heaviness in my chest. I have no fever, not coughing no runny nose no sign of a cold. My body feels achy at times.?

Three days ago I woke up with a heaviness in my chest. I have no fever, not coughing no runny nose no sign of a cold. My body feels achy at times.?

Need more info: Your complaint is very serious. There are many reasons to have a heaviness in the chest, some very minor and some deadly. Get to your family physician ASAP or even the ER at your local hospital to be checked out. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my baby have co on her chest coughing and a runny nose?

What is wrong with my baby have co on her chest coughing and a runny nose?

Bronchilitis: Sounds like it might be bronchiolitis which is typically caused by the RSV virus. Take him to your doctor asap a it can make breathing difficult. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose slight headache heavy chest and it hurts to cough what kind of cold is this?

I have a runny nose slight headache heavy chest and it hurts to cough what kind of cold is this?

Cold, flu: This is the season for colds, flu, bronchiis, sinusitis. Go to for treatment options www. Cdc. Gov/getsmart. ...Read more

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Hears feel blocked and hurt and pop when blow constant runny nose. Chesty cough trying to get mucus off chest. Been 10+ days. Likely viral?

Hears feel blocked and hurt and pop when blow constant runny nose. Chesty cough trying to get mucus off chest. Been 10+ days. Likely viral?

Viral or seasonal: Allergies can cause all of the above symptoms. You may continue on until your sinuses plug up and get infected. Then you would have to deal with headaches, fevers or fatigue, severe congestion, phlegm, etc. Hopefully it is a cold/ upper respiratory infection by virus and resolve within the next 3-4 days. ...Read more

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I don't have a runny nose or cough but I can feel a lot of congestion in my chest and its difficult to breathe sometimes. What should I do?

I don't have a runny nose or cough but I can feel a lot of congestion in my chest and its difficult to breathe sometimes. What should I do?

That depends...: Depends on how long the symptoms have been going on and whether there are associated symptoms such as swelling in the ankles, wheeze, fever, worsened breathing when lying flat and a number of other questions and physical exam data points. Try mucinex (guaifenesin) to loosen any phlegm. If symptoms are long-standing, an exam by a physician at a minimum. ...Read more

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A 7 month old with a bad cough, runny nose, and some rattle in the chest. What might it be?

A 7 month old with a bad cough, runny nose, and some rattle in the chest. What might it be?

Cough: One might suspect a chest infection but leave that to the pediatrician to diagnose. Your 7-month-old infant should be checked be the doctor. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has a wrackly chest and can easily cough up his phlemb. He, s well and healthy has no cold or runny nose. He's been like this for months?

My 7 year old son has a wrackly chest and can easily cough up his phlemb. He, s well and healthy has no cold or runny nose. He's been like this for months?

See MD: Sounds like he needs to see his pediatrician. Could be asthma, allergies, sinus or lung infections. Really no way to tell unless the child is examined. ...Read more

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A cpl months ago I was treated 4 walking pneumonia even though the test didn't show I had it. Now I'm coughing again with runny nose and chest rttlng?

A cpl months ago I was treated 4 walking pneumonia even though the test didn't show I had it. Now I'm coughing again with runny nose and chest rttlng?

It happens: This far out it is unlikely that what you have is related to the prior illness. Most of these are simple respiratory viruses. If it slows you down enough you need to schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I have 10 mth old baby he is suffering frm chest congestion and runny nose not taking feeds properly and doesn't sleep comfortably at night.?

I have 10 mth old baby he is suffering frm chest congestion and runny nose not taking feeds properly and doesn't sleep comfortably at night.?

See your doctor.: There are two possibilities: upper respiratory congestion with the nose inflamed with mucus or a combination of the head cold with wheezing (aka acute bronchiolitis). A thorough exam will elucidate this and lead you to better symptom relief/treatment. ...Read more

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I am getting over a pretty bad cold that went down into my chest. My cough mostly better but I still have a wheeze upon expiration, and runny nose.

I am getting over a pretty bad cold that went down into my chest. My cough mostly better but I still have a wheeze upon expiration, and runny nose.

Wheezing: Wheezing sounds on breathing can sometimes be a sign of asthma, which would need to be treated with special inhalers. You should see your primary care doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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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's wrong with me? What should I take? I have a little bit of a stuffy/runny nose but can still breath and a little soar throught but I can still swallow and I have coughing and when I swallow my chest kinda hurts.

What's wrong with me? What should I take? I have a little bit of a stuffy/runny nose but can still breath and a little soar throught but I can still swallow and I have coughing and when I swallow my chest kinda hurts.

Sore: Sore throat is a fairly common symptom associated with many illnesses. Most of the time it resolves on its own without any other issues. Occasionally it can be due to something more serious that needs treatment. Reasons to seek care are:

- any fever - since it could be strep and you can't tell without an exam/testing
- if it lasts longer than 3 or 4 days
- any difficulty opening your mouth
- unable to swallow
- severe pain
- bleeding in the throat
- redness or swelling on the outside of the neck
- any difficulty breathing or noisy breathing

in the meantime, taking Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, using a humidifier in your bedroom, drinking plenty of fluids such as hot tea/broth or cold liquids and a spoonful of honey can help. ...Read more

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Yesterday I started feeling really sick out of the blue HA, runny nose, and cough. Also my chest is so sore to touch it. I feel horrible. Advice pleas?

Yesterday I started feeling really sick out of the blue HA, runny nose, and cough. Also my chest is so sore to touch it. I feel horrible. Advice pleas?

Viral?: Sounds like a viral infection but if you started spitting up a lot of dark brown /green sputum especially with a fever of >102, then pneumonia needs to be ruled out. See doctor if not better in a few days or symptoms become more severe. ...Read more

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My IgE is 159 k/units l is this normal? I constantly have runny nose, tight chest & feel bloated after food?

My IgE is 159 k/units l is this normal? I constantly have runny nose, tight chest & feel bloated after food?

Total IgE: Normal value of total ige varies between methods of measurement and age. Each lab will give you a normal value range. In general for adult, it should be less than 100 ku/l so your value of 159 ku/l is slightly elevated. Together with your symptoms, it is likely that you have allergic rhinitis and asthma. Bloating after eating can be due to several reasons beside food allergy. ...Read more

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Should I take my 4 yr old to doctor for a non febrile cold, runny nose, chest congestion lasting 5 to 6 weeks. He doesn't feel bad?

Should I take my 4 yr old to doctor for a non febrile cold, runny nose, chest congestion lasting 5 to 6 weeks. He doesn't feel bad?

Depends on situation: If your inner voice is telling you there is something bad going on, get seen to get some inner peace. Sounds more like seasonal allergies, or cold or going from one to another. If kid is otherwise playful & happy, keeping up with his peer group, you can continue to monitor it for changes. ...Read more

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Coughing with pleghm that is clear with green spots, throat feel irritated, runny nose, chest feel tight, difficulty breathing, what's wrong?

Coughing with pleghm that is clear with green spots, throat feel irritated, runny nose, chest feel tight, difficulty breathing, what's wrong?

It depends: If you don't have allergies and the symptoms have lasted a few days, you probably have a viral upper respiratory infection with bronchitis (no antibiotics!). If you have had allergy symptoms for a while and the new symptoms last more than 10-4 days, you probably have sinusitis with either bronchitis or an asthma-like reaction. In short, if symptoms linger, see a physician. ...Read more

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Got meds for flu. Feels like sumthin stuck in throat, post nasal drip, phlegm, runny nose, tight chest but shld I worry about upper dull/heavy back pain?

Got meds for flu. Feels like sumthin stuck in throat, post nasal drip, phlegm, runny nose, tight chest but shld I worry about upper dull/heavy back pain?

Rx meds?: Have you been examined by a Dr? Hard to know over the internet, but I would want to examine you to be sure that you are not developing pneumonia, maybe order a chest x-ray. If symptoms are not improving, please contact your Dr for evaluation ...Read more

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Had fever and would suddenly feel hot then cold, chest pains and cough producing green or yellow mucus. Runny nose with clear warm watery fluid, headaches, very tired, weight loss, eyes sunken?

Had fever and would suddenly feel hot then cold, chest pains and cough producing green or yellow mucus. Runny nose with clear warm watery fluid, headaches, very tired, weight loss, eyes sunken?

Plan: You have symptoms typical for common cold that usually viral infection. Use anti inflammatory medications like ibuprofen 400 mg 3-4 times a day and a lot of hot tea, honey, lemon. Home rest for 1-3 days as well. ...Read more

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Help! So I started out with the normal cold symptoms cough sneeze runny nose sore throat but now I feel like a bricks on my chest and can't breath wel?

Help! So I started out with the normal cold symptoms cough sneeze runny nose sore throat but now I feel like a bricks on my chest and can't breath wel?

Time to be seen: Although the symptoms initially were suggestive of a common cold, the significant chest/lung symptoms could be related to pneumonia (viral) or a secondary bacterial infection. Less likely possibilities are heart complications. Either way, time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am coughing. I have a runny nose. My chest hurts. I have a headache and I'm so tired. I have a fever of 100.2.

I am coughing. I have a runny nose. My chest hurts. I have a headache and I'm so tired. I have a fever of 100.2.

Symptoms: Sounds like you have a cold, maybe the flu. Rest, fluids, tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and should be gone in a week. If fever gets worse or cough heavily productive, go to the doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I have a pain in the centre of my chest its been days and getting worse I can't talk nor laugh without feeling it also with runny nose cant push?

Hi I have a pain in the centre of my chest its been days and getting worse I can't talk nor laugh without feeling it also with runny nose cant push?

Some possibilities: A person with new chest pain has to go her doctor or the E.R. to be checked for a heart problem. That means not waiting at home to see if it turns into a bad problem. As the saying goes, "better safe than sorry". Heart problems include rhythm problems, pericarditis, myocarditis, heart attack, etc... Lung problems include pleurisy or pneumothorax. Esophageal problems include reflux and esophagitis. ...Read more

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My chest is tight, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing-- am I sick?

My chest is tight, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing-- am I sick?

Virus or Allergy: See a doctor. You may need a bronchodilator or an ICS inhaler for asthma. If it is an infection instead, your doctor should also be able to help you. Symptoms sound like allergic rhinitis with mild allergic asthma or bronchospasm causing you to feel chest tightness. Take an antihistamine such as Cetirizine 10 mg or fexofenadine 180mg. If this doesn't help all your symptoms, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do cat allergies produce wet cough, runny nose and chest congestion?

Do cat allergies produce wet cough, runny nose and chest congestion?

Not usually: Most allergy-related symptoms are sneezing, dry cough, watery eyes, itchy eyes or throat. If you have an asthma component to your allergies, you can get wheezy or be short of breath. A nasal steroid can be very helpful in treatment and prevention of symptoms since it works right where your body reacts to the antigen. Non-sedating anti-histamines are helpful if steroid spray alone won't do it! ...Read more

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