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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My 14m old baby had cough runny nose for 1 weak then had fever reached 39, when he cough I hear secretion in his chest? Rx?

My 14m old baby had cough runny nose for 1 weak then had fever reached 39, when he cough I hear secretion in his chest? Rx?

Kindly see his doctor: What you described could just be minor viral upper respiratory tract infection, but being there for a week with the development of fever requires medical evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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I'm a healthy diabetic and I have a cough chest congestion and runny nose for about three weeks I have taken dayquil and nitequil what else can I do?

I'm a healthy diabetic and I have a cough chest congestion and runny nose for about three weeks I have taken dayquil and nitequil what else can I do?

Seek care: If the infection has lasted over 2 weeks, you need to be seen. The diabetes makes you more prone for serious infections and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion, fever, cough, nasal congestion and runny nose. What could I have?

I have chest congestion, fever, cough, nasal congestion and runny nose. What could I have?

Several possibilitie: This could represent a common cold, bronchitis, allergies or even pneumonia. For definitive diagnosis and treatment, you need to see your doctor. Without a fever, this likely has a viral etiology so antibiotics may not be necessary or helpful. ...Read more

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Been having a bad cough producing mucus and sever chest discomfort/ pain. No fever. Runny nose. Could it be acute bronchitis?

Been having a bad cough producing mucus and sever chest discomfort/ pain. No fever. Runny nose. Could it be acute bronchitis?

Yes: It sounds like you have viral bronchitis. Most cases of bronchitis are caused by respiratory viruses that do not respond to antibiotics. More severe and prolonged cases are usually bacterial bronchitis caused by strep. Pneumoniae, hemophilus sp. And moraxella sp. These are usually treated with zithromax, ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin, Augmentin or levoquin. ...Read more

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What can I use besides pulmicort and asthavent pumps to get rid of my phlegmy cough, runny nose and weezy chest? Cough medicines are doing nothing

What can I use besides pulmicort and asthavent pumps to get rid of my phlegmy cough, runny nose and weezy chest? Cough medicines are doing nothing

Depends: If you have asthma, daily use of Pulmicort may help but even then takes about 2 -3 wks to find out. Asthavent would be for as needed use. If you have runny nose, you will need a nasal steroid. We need to rule out other causes of cough as well including sinusitis. Perhaps it is time for you to consult an allergist. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has chest co gestion, but no runny nose, sneeze, cough, or fever. We went to the dr 2 days ago said lungs are clear what could it be?

My 9 month old has chest co gestion, but no runny nose, sneeze, cough, or fever. We went to the dr 2 days ago said lungs are clear what could it be?

Nasal congestion: The nose could be congested without a runny nose & that causes transmitted sounds from the nose to the lungs that you could feel & hear but the lungs themselves are clear. Try saline nose drops, they should help. Good luck ...Read more

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My daughter has a constant cough, runny nose and tight chest. She has mild asthma and is using the venteze inhaler but it does not seem to be working.

My daughter has a constant cough, runny nose and tight chest. She has mild asthma and is using the venteze inhaler but it does not seem to be working.

See physician: Best to see an after hours pediatrician physician, urgent care physician, or ER to be safe. 4 years is young and asthma can become worse very fast. ...Read more

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I have Wheezing and chest congestion with runny nose. Cough. Clear mucous. I have had for 3 days. Is it allergy? . I had bronchitis Three weeks ago.

I have Wheezing and chest congestion with runny nose. Cough. Clear mucous. I have had for 3 days. Is it allergy? . I had bronchitis Three weeks ago.

Mgt: Most episodes of bronchitis are caused by viruses which can also trigger wheezing.
If you are wheezing, an inhaler called Albuterol is indicated. You may also need to take another medication such as an inhaled steroid, and/or an anti histamine. I would suggest a follow up with your doctor. In the meantime, rest, stay well hydrated, and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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I pediatric doctor I noted children age from 3 to 9 month complain cough and runny nose. Breathing by mouth. On auscultation chest clear what is treat?

I pediatric doctor I noted children age from 3 to 9 month complain cough and runny nose. Breathing by mouth. On auscultation chest clear what is treat?

Runny nose: The details aren't specific enough to answer clearly. If the child has a low grade temperature it may be one of many common viral illnesses. Is there is an irritant in the home, this also can lead to chronic cough and runny nose: cigarette smoke! Is the child gaining weight well, what is the family history? So it is important to follow up with a pediatrician to evaluate and treat. ...Read more

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Stuffy runny nose no fever sneezing with somewhat productive cough that burns chest when coughing mucus is green yellow and white?

Sounds like: A bacterial infection.

Check with your lung doc and ask about the need of antimicrobials.

Good luck and all the best. ...Read more

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Suffering from a sore throat, runny nose, loose cough and heavy chest for past 4 days.

Suffering from a sore throat, runny nose, loose cough and heavy chest for past 4 days.

Need to be seen: By your doctor or any doctor, your symptoms and duration warrant medical attention, meanwhile rest, fluids salt water gargles, saline nasal washes and pain killers, best wishes ...Read more

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Sean is 7 has fever, achy, chest congestion ans runny nose. Cough also rapid heart beat. We gave him OTC meds should we go to er?

Asthma Pneumonia: If he has a past history of asthma treated with Singlair, the that would be a good plan. Mild asthma can progress rapidly into something much worse sometimes without treatment. Does he have a nebulizer with albuterol available at home? Is he short of breath or breathing fast? Can he talk without breathing in between words of a sentence? It may be better to be seen by a physician now. ...Read more

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When I cough my neck hurts anad so does my chest. I also have a fever, a sore throat and a runny nose. What could this be?

When I cough my neck hurts anad so does my chest. I also have a fever, a sore throat and a runny nose. What could this be?

Need more info: From what & how you describe it, it is likely a respiratory tract infection. This can be viral or bacterial (or fungal sometimes), and can be of the larger airways (bronchitis) or lower airways (pneumonia). You should seek medical evaluation if symptoms have been present for more than 2-3 days, or are worsening. ...Read more

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Runny nose, watery eyes, and hard cough for 3 days. Now my right chest near lung is sore when coughing and breathing. Took clartin D?

Runny nose, watery eyes, and hard cough for 3 days. Now my right chest near lung is sore when coughing and breathing. Took clartin D?

Need to be seen: By your doctor or urgent care, you may very well need prescription medications after evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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9mo has yellow fluid in ear, no fever, runny nose, 2 new teeth that cut through recently & a junky chest cough. Happy & alert but refuses solids.

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9mo has yellow fluid in ear, no fever, runny nose, 2 new teeth that cut through recently & a junky chest cough. Happy & alert but refuses solids.

Needs to See Doctor: You child needs to go to the Pediatrician right away. Yellow fluid in the ear is not normal and should be diagnosed so your little one can get the needed treatment. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 3 days. Dark green mucus. Hurts the right side of my chest when I cough. Stuffy then runny nose. Do you know what could cause this?

Sore throat for 3 days. Dark green mucus. Hurts the right side of my chest when I cough. Stuffy then runny nose. Do you know what could cause this?

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. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia? It hurts so bad in my chest ribs & lungs when I breathe I have a bad cough runny nose sore sinus cavaties & a horrible headache

Do I have pneumonia? It hurts so bad in my chest ribs & lungs when I breathe I have a bad cough runny nose sore sinus cavaties & a horrible headache

Not necessarily: Not necessarily. Do you have a fever? How long have you had your symptoms.
Sometimes heavy coughing can cause pain in your chest or rib cage. ...Read more

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Chest discomfort/ winded easily, body ache, cough, malaise, extreme fatigue, runny nose, difficulty concentrating and sneezing. Should I see a doctor?

Chest discomfort/ winded easily, body ache, cough, malaise, extreme fatigue, runny nose, difficulty concentrating and sneezing. Should I see a doctor?

Mgt: I would advise seeing your PCP. Based on your symptoms a lung infection, allergic reaction are among the possible causes. If you have pulmonary testing, an inbox consult can be arranged to review the results. ...Read more

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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more