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Had the flu 3 weeks ago. still, have cough, congestion, increasing fatigue, muscle aches and stabbing pain between shoulder blades. Should I be worried?

Had the flu 3 weeks ago. still, have cough, congestion, increasing fatigue, muscle aches and stabbing pain between shoulder blades. Should I be worried?

Chest xray: Many viral illnesses can cause symptoms for weeks, but with a continued cough and pain, I would worry about developing a pneumonia. It would be wise to get a chest xray to make sure there is not a worse infection going on ...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


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Nasal congestion, cough, back and shoulder blade pain. Raspy voice. Nasal congestion over two months. Cough yellow mucus getting little better?

Nasal congestion, cough, back and shoulder blade pain. Raspy voice. Nasal congestion over two months. Cough yellow mucus getting little better?

Sinus infection.: You may have a sinus infection. Try some over the counter medication for sinusitis that has a decongestant. Hopefully that will help. If you're not better, see your family physician, who may consider antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had coughing/congestion for a week. Now there's back pain under right shoulder blade. Only hurts mildly with deep inhale. Nose is still stuffy.

I had coughing/congestion for a week. Now there's back pain under right shoulder blade. Only hurts mildly with deep inhale. Nose is still stuffy.

Should get x ray: There are several possibilities one is that all the coughing caused a muscle spasm and that is what hurts. It could be pleurisy a bit of fluid in the membrane around the lung. It could be a pneumonia although that's normally not painful but you may notice a full sort of breath feeling in inhalation/ the xray will rule out a lot of these quickly/. ...Read more

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Under rt shoulder blade ribs on eaçh side hurts when breath deep hurts worse what could be wrong congestion?

Under rt shoulder blade ribs on eaçh side hurts when breath deep hurts worse what could be wrong congestion?

Concerned: You are dscribing pleuritic chest pain. There are several potential diseases that have pleuritic chest pain as a symptom. These include, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, pleurisy, pleural effusion, etc. You need an evaluation and work up by a physician urgently. ...Read more

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I always get horrible nasal congestion and depending on the amount and on the alcohol, my neck and shoulder blades get extreme body aches... Why?

I always get horrible nasal congestion and depending on the amount and on the alcohol, my neck and shoulder blades get extreme body aches... Why?

Sensitivity: Alcohol is a typical cause for non-allergic symptoms, and that could explain the nasal congestion you're experiencing. The other symptoms are troubling as well, especially considering the medications you're using. Alcohol can influence the effect of those medications and can cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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Servere pain under right shoulder and ribs on each side hurts worse when breathing deep have congestion as well?

Servere pain under right shoulder and ribs on each side hurts worse when breathing deep have congestion as well?

Check with your doc: This may be pulmonary embolism or it may be nothing. Better check with your doc asap. ...Read more

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Cough n cold what are the quick remedy? And congestion?

Cough n cold what are the quick remedy? And congestion?

Several things: For children over one year of age honey can be used as a cough suppressant (unsafe for kids under one year old). Nasal saline relieves congestion and inflammation in the nasal passages. Vapor rub can be used on the chest and has been proven effective in reducing cough and cold symptoms. Ibuprofen works well for pain and fever. If high fever or prolonged symptoms then will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What are some medicines/methods to relieve cough/congestion for a flight?

What are some medicines/methods to relieve cough/congestion for a flight?

Depends...: Relief of your symptoms depends on the etiology of your symptoms. So, see your doctor pre-flight so the diagnosis can be made and proper treatment rendered. ...Read more

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Been having this dry cough and nothing is breaking up my congestion. Any home remedies?

Been having this dry cough and nothing is breaking up my congestion. Any home remedies?

Home remedies: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. 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. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I have had bad congestion, noise and cough for a week with aches and pains what is the OTC to help break it up?

I have had bad congestion, noise and cough for a week with aches and pains what is the OTC to help break it up?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM or D: If you have a fever, you should call your md. If you smoke, you need to stop. Drink lots of fluid. Mucinex (guaifenesin) helps to break up mucus. ...Read more

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For over a week now I have been sick with sinis congestion, cough and it feels like someone is squeezing my head?

Sinus pressure: It seems you have a sinus infection based on your symptoms. You should be seen by your family doctor for an exam to determine if you need medication to treat this. Sinus congestion can commonly cause a headache resulting in the "squeezing" sensation you are describing. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis almost a month, Still have congestion and slight cough, but getting better. Is it weird it's lasting so long?

Had bronchitis almost a month, Still have congestion and slight cough, but getting better. Is it weird it's lasting so long?

Not unusual: It is not unusual for the cough from acute bronchitis to linger for a month. Should the cough not continue to improve over the next 2-3 weeks please see your physician. ...Read more

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20month old has cough & congestion. Using saline & suction but he screams w the suction. Could it be hurting him or just annoying to him?

Bulb suction: Bulb suction is annoying to toddlers. The saline itself does not hurt. Try nosefrida device or cleannoz. These devices are new and are less traumatizing to the child. Use a vaporizer. You can also use vicks. Honey based cough meds such as zarbees or hylands are ok in a 20-month-old child. ...Read more

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I've had a cough and congestion for about a week now and it won't seem to go away. My cough is pretty bad but I feel fine! Should I get checked out?

I've had a cough and congestion for about a week now and it won't seem to go away. My cough is pretty bad but I feel fine! Should I get checked out?

Probably....: The cough may be due to bronchospasm so, if the cough is persisting, you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. You may need bronchodilator and possibly steroid inhalers. Other causes of a chronic cough include gerd and post-nasal drip, which have entirely different treatments so see your doctor for a persistent cough for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my child seem to have a new cough or congestion every month?

Why does my child seem to have a new cough or congestion every month?

Day care.: 12 per year is about the right amount of minor viral illnesses for a child in day care. If the illnesses are more severe than that, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

OTC is ok: If this is a short duration problems (< 1 week) then over the counter (otc) medications like mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, or other cough and cold remedies are fine. Read and follow the labels, as even otc meds can be harmful. If this is a longer term problem see your pcp or ENT as there could be a need for prescription type medications. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion has persisted for several days?

See below: You probably have viral bronchitis or influenza. Viral bronchitis will gradually get better but the dry cough may persist for several weeks. Influenza is more severe and is associated with fevers and prostration. If you feel ok and don't have significant fever take over the counter robitussindm. If you have fever and feel poorly get checked out by your md for bacterial infection or pneumonia. ...Read more

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What can I give my 1 year old for a cough and congestion symptoms?

What can I give my 1 year old for a cough and congestion symptoms?

See below: No otc medicines are recommended for children under 4 years old per the cdc. The best thing to do is: sit up child, humidify the air and suction nose with saline as needed. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion without cough, and little pain in right side of my chest.....?

Pleurisy?: Pain on the right side of chest without cough could be from different causes varying from pulled muscles to pleural pain from an infection. Chest congestion without cough is rather unusual, though. If the pain continues you may see your doctor for assessment of the cause of chest pain and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Son 5.5 yrs has wet cough with mild congestion and no other symptoms. He is eating and drinking.

Son 5.5 yrs has wet cough with mild congestion and no other symptoms.  He is eating and drinking.

Watchful waiting: A five-year old with a cough and congestion for a few days can be watched at home and treated with fluids, humidifier and perhaps an OTC cough product (although they probably are not very effective). Your child should be seen by a doctor if there is wheezing, short of breath, fever, unable to drink fluids, or just "looks real sick" to you, especially if it lingers. ...Read more

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Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping,?

Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping,?

Allergy?: These symptoms may represent allergy. You probably should be evaluated for allergy since the treatment is different and antibiotics are not indicated. See your doctor again! ...Read more

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My baby is 6months now he has cough and chest congestion problem since he was 20days we nabolise him what should I do?

My baby is 6months now he has cough and chest congestion problem since he was 20days we nabolise him what should I do?

Needs pulmonologist: If he is 6 months old and has been nebulised since he was 20 days old have him see a pediatric pulmonologist. This is too long to be ongoing.I hope there is no second hand smoke exposure ...Read more

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Very bad pain in center of my chest bad congestion but unproductive cough pain severe to feeling it on the outside through touch?

Prob chest wall pain: Most likely causes stem from the respiratory infection, which is leading to chest congestion and cough. If cough severe, it may cause tearing of intercostal muscle fibers (mm between the ribs); may be some pleural (lining of the lungs) inflammation, which causes sharp severe pain with cough or deep breath. Since it is on the 'outside' chest, rx underlying infection, w cough suppressant will heal. ...Read more

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While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?

While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?

OK if you are better: Average time to cure a viral syndrome is 2 weeks — not unusual to have above symptoms as long as they are improving. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

Nasal congestion (stuffiness) ...Read more