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Pain right hand side of my chest, roughly below or behind breast.Most time feels like a dull ache but when breathe deep/cough/laugh etc its sharp?

Pain right hand side of my chest, roughly below or behind breast.Most time feels like a dull ache but when breathe deep/cough/laugh etc its sharp?

Pleuritic chest pain: Is what you are describing. A common cause is a viral or bacterial lung infection but here are other conditions that can be more serious. A lung infection is reason enough to seek medical attention. ...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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I went swimming in the ocean last week and came down with a deep chest cough the following day..Connected?

I went swimming in the ocean last week and came down with a deep chest cough the following day..Connected?

Could be but: Most of these resolve with some patience and time. If you have fever. Shortness or breath, wheezing or it does not resolve in two weeks then proceed to see your internist. In the meantime use an over the counter cough syrup. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have a cold 3 times in 3 mos, nonstop. Start w/swol tonsils, then deep chest cough. As soon as it gets better starts again. Go to the dr or wait?.

Have a cold  3 times in 3 mos, nonstop.  Start w/swol tonsils, then deep chest cough.  As soon as it gets better starts again.  Go to the dr or wait?.

See the doctor: You need to provide a full history, undergo a physical exam and perhaps some imaging and labs. This is not normal. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I have had a deep chest cough for a week and have shortness of breath. Should I wait it out or get some rest or go to a doctor?

I have had a deep chest cough for a week and have shortness of breath. Should I wait it out or get some rest or go to a doctor?

Prolonged symptoms: Symptoms lasting more than a few days, especially when associated with shortness of breath, are suspicious for pneumonia or reactive airways. These conditions require treatment by a medical practitioner to hasten wellness, prevent complication and reduce transmission of infection to other people. It's time to schedule your appointment! ...Read more

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I have had a deep chest cough for the past couple of days along with nausea and fever. My ears are severely plugged as well. Any ideas?

I have had a deep chest cough for the past couple of days along with nausea and fever. My ears are severely plugged as well. Any ideas?

Evaluation: Without the benefit of a physical exam is impossible to tell you for sure what is going on. I recommend that you go to your urgent care center because of the congestion and cough. If you have bronchitis or pneumonia, then it can be treated. better safe than sorry. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have had this deep chest cough with shortness of breath for a week. She went to the doctor and her blood pressure was 157/134 should I be worried?

I have had this deep chest cough with shortness of breath for a week. She went to the doctor and her blood pressure was 157/134 should I be worried?

Yes: She needs to follow up on the blood pressure and have more readings done. That diastolic number is ridiculously high. Please schedule a follow up appointment asap. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever.  A cold or more?

Cold or more??: If it just a cold, usually there are evident signs of respiratory distress. Those are rapid breathing (more than 24 x/min); nasal flaring;?; chest retractions; and use of the accessory muscles of respiration. If none of thes are present the cough is much more likely to originate at the pharyngeal level. An excellent med for type of cough is benzonatate. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your chest infection has gone deep Into Chest when I cough I feel like it's gone deep in

How can you tell if your chest infection has gone deep Into Chest when I cough I feel like it's gone deep in

Chest X-ray: Based on clinical symptoms, a doctor may be able to tell if a simple bronchitis has progressed to a pneumonia. There will be worsening of your condition. A physical exam should reveal findings of that. A chest X-ray would confirm everything the doctor's clinical skills would find. If you're not doing well -please try to be seen for proper evaluation. Pneumonia can wind you up in the hospital. ...Read more

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I had a sinus infection a week ago, i was feeling better except for chest pains and cough. Now i have a deep, raspy cough and chest pains.

I had a sinus infection a week ago, i was feeling better except for chest pains and cough. Now i have a deep, raspy cough and chest pains.

Sinus infection : if you are still pregnant and have a history of asthma with new symptoms of cough, chest pain and hoarseness, it's best to be evaluated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Two days ago i was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should i go back to the doctor?

Two days ago i was told I have laryngitis and now I have a cough deep in my chest and coughing up thick gray phlegm. Should i go back to the doctor?

No...you: Showed up with "laryngo" and now manifest the "tracheobronchitis" associated with viruses. Fluids, Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) expectorants. Ifyou develop blood in sputum, temperature greated than 37 c/101f, report to your doc or the er for a cxr. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in right chest with deep breath, cough, and position change. Finished tx for bronchitis/pneu 2weeks ago. Ibuprofen no help. What to do?

Stabbing pain in right chest with deep breath, cough, and position change. Finished tx for bronchitis/pneu 2weeks ago. Ibuprofen no help. What to do?

Prechordial catch: Consider the diagnosis of precordial catch. In a young patient, there may not be a cardiac condition perse but would be advisable to consult with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Getting over cold still have a cough Its a deep cough sometimes My chest has been hurting, especially when I move (sit to stand) how can I alleviate?

Getting over cold still have a cough Its a deep cough sometimes My chest has been hurting, especially when I move (sit to stand) how can I alleviate?

Post-tussive cough.: When we're sick with an upper or lower respiratory infection, the cough tends to be the last symptom to clear. This is called a post-tussive cough which, as you can surmise, means "post-cough cough". The coughing itself makes the cough linger. The solution? Cough suppressant. ...Read more

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I have a deep cough that hurts my chest. I have had bronchitis before should I be worried?

Possibly pneumonia: I have found that when people have a deep cough associated with pain on taking a deep breath they often times have pneumonia. You should be evaluated by a physician. If this has been a long-term problem then you definitely need to be evaluated as there are other causes. ...Read more

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Hv a very bad deep cough during wint. mos esp. every yr. My ribs and chest hurt. Hard to sleep. In physical dr never says anything is wrong. Am I ok?

Hv a very bad deep cough during wint. mos esp. every yr. My ribs and chest hurt. Hard to sleep. In physical dr never says anything is wrong. Am I ok?

Cold weather + lungs: Cold weather may irritate your lungs, specifically the upper airways called bronchi. It is a variant of asthma. In some people, as cold air rushes in on taking a breath, the irritation causes the bronchi to constrict, resulting in cough and even wheezing. Physical exam ( done at room temperature and at rest) is often normal. These reactive airways may improve with a trial of bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Thick phlegm globules (clear mostly, white sometimes) , dry but deep cough, mild temperature, 4+ weeks. Doctor hears nothing in chest. What is it?

Thick phlegm globules (clear mostly, white sometimes) , dry but deep cough, mild temperature, 4+ weeks. Doctor hears nothing in chest. What is it?

Atypical pneumonia: Atypical pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused my unusual bacteria like mycoplasma or legionella and where the symptoms differ from the classic ones. Therefore, it's often harder to diagnose. The antibiotics used are different and if it becomes severe it may require hospitalization. If you're not getting better, ask your physician what he /she thinks and if a chest x-ray is warranted. ...Read more

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I've been sick with a cold and after day 5 I have a deep cough, I'm extremely lightheaded and I have difficulty breathing along with chest pains. ?

I've been sick with a cold and after day 5 I have a deep cough, I'm extremely lightheaded and I have difficulty breathing along with chest pains. ?

Chest cold: Your upper respiratory infection has spread to your breathing passages and now you have acute bronchitis. There may be a component of asthma as well, even if you've never had asthma before. If you're uncomfortably short of breath, you should go immediately to an ER for prompt treatment. If it's just a nuisance symptom, you ought to at least see your doctor tomorrow to be examined. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a deep cough, coming from your chest? I have no nasal drainage.

How do you get rid of a deep cough, coming from your chest? I have no nasal drainage.

Deep cough: Steam yourself with steam from a hot shower. Use a vaporizer at night while sleeping.Sleep with several pillows. Drink lots of tea and honey. Apply vaporub to your chest. If home remedies dont work check with your doctor to rule out bronchitis or pneumonia. ...Read more