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Feel like i have air trapped in my left chest and dry nasal congestion its making me worried what should i do?

Feel like i have air trapped in my left chest and dry nasal congestion its making me worried what should i do?

Symptoms: these symptoms are not related. air trapping is seen in emphysema, not a disease of a 20 year old. dry nasal congestion is winter dry air related.. often called seasonal rhinnitus ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


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Fever up to 103.5, sore throat, dry cough, congestion, white post nasal drip, mild chest discomfort, headache, sweats and chills. Can it be flu?

Fever up to 103.5, sore throat, dry cough, congestion, white post nasal drip, mild chest discomfort, headache, sweats and chills. Can it be flu?

Viral?: Since it is not the flu season yet (unless you live in the Southern hemisphere) , this is most likely a viral infection. However the temp of 103.5 is worrisome and thus one must rule out pneumonia. I think it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a cool most humidifier better for dry coughs and congestion or a warm mist humidifier better?

Is a cool most humidifier better for dry coughs and congestion or a warm mist humidifier better?

Humidifier: should be cool for upper airway obstruction like croup and if it is a less than 1 yr ols it should be hot for sinusitis so nasal drainage liquefies and easy to drain make sure the machine is cleaned prior to use so there is no mold accumulation ...Read more

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What will dry up nasal congestion?

What will dry up nasal congestion?

Depends on cause.: A good thorough exam by an otolaryngologist should give you the answer. There are many causes of nasal obstruction:allergies, deviated septum, polyps, sinusitis, turbinate hypertrophy. Too many to get into in this format. You need to be evaluated by an ENT to figure this one out. ...Read more

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My 3.5yr old has head & chest congestion. Is it safe to give him Mucinex & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together to dry up his congestion before it irritates his asthma?

My 3.5yr old has head & chest congestion. Is it safe to give him Mucinex & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together to dry up his congestion before it irritates his asthma?

No: Antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can cause drying of the congestion in the lungs and actually can make his asthma worse. Lots of oral fluids would be better, and start treating his asthma early if it occurs. Mucinex may help loosen the secretions, but likely won't help his wheezing. ...Read more

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Bloody mucus in morning. No headaches. No esophagus bleeding. No stomach body/ antrum bleeding. No congestion. Dry winter weather or sinusitis?

Bloody mucus in morning. No headaches. No esophagus bleeding. No stomach body/ antrum bleeding. No congestion. Dry winter weather or sinusitis?

Dry air: Dry air is the frequent cause of your problem, but you need to see ENT to rule out other problems: nasal polyp/ tumor, vascular malformation , etc. ...Read more

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Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?

Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?

Sinus infection?: The mouth sores on your palate sounds viral, but if you have been sick for 3 weeks you might have a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics. See a doctor, rest and drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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