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How Do I Get Rid Of A Bad Cough And Tight Chest
Meds: A persistent cough associated w/ tight chest is usually due to bronchospasm. Your doctor can prescribe a bronchodilator inhaler which will relieve the bronchospasm and perhaps a steroid inhaler to decrease inflammation. Your doctor can also determine if your cough is due to some other etiology and treat that as well. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Go see your doctor: Tight chest w/dry cough makes me think of bronchoconstriction or wheezing. This is a relatively common symptom of respiratory infections so it's best to go see family doc. A short acting bronchodilator such as albuterol will most likely take care of tight chest. With that said, this is all speculation. If you feel lightheaded, nauseated, short of breath, chest pain/pressure, don't wait. Call 911. ...Read more
I've had a bad cough for 6 days, it start with a sore throat. Had chest tightness and wheezing. This morning my ear popped and won't pop back, advice?
Don't worry: I'm sorry you've had a bad cough for 6 days. No need to worry about the ear popping back. As the congestion in your upper respiratory system resolves the pressure in your eustachian tube will come back to normal on its own. You don't need to do anything. Don't try to "pop it back". No need to focus on it. Turn your attention to other things and you will find it will resolve in time. Best wishes. ...Read more
Treat the anxiety: Itself to decrease these symptoms. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. ...Read more
Several options: If you have access to medical care, then it's best consulyour doc for eval/treatment, likely an albuterol inhaler, a steroid inhaler by itself or in combo with a longer-acting albuterol-type, or even oral steroid, and possibly some cough syrup. Likely cause is viral and should resolve, but the coughing/spasm may persist. Otc Primatene Mist for a few days is also reasonable. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello doctor. I am feeling anxious often and even for small things. I get chest tightness only whenever anxious. How to get rid off this?
Frequent anxiety: You should not auto-medicate, see a psychologist. He will refer you to a psychiatrist if required. I think this is the best way. Do not take advise from friends, share your feelings with your close family members. ...Read more
Flu for 6 days, still have a fever fluct between 38-39.5C. Not improving much. Tight chest, mild cough. Could it still be pneumonia without bad cough?
Possible: Did you have influenza diagnosed with a flu test or are you just assuming from symptoms; By 6 days you should start to feel better eventhough cough can hang on for 2 weeks or so. Pneumonia can be a complication of influenza. You should be seen especially if you were not seen initially for these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?
Control the asthma: It is understandable that when one can't breathe well, one often gets anxiety and thus you need to see someone, preferably an allergist, to get your asthma under control since you are not taking anything for it. On the other hand, anxiety can worsen asthma and only when we can get your asthma under control can we be certain on which is the chicken and which the egg. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chest tightness. Husband has sore throat. Son has bad cough. Daughter threw up once yesterday. Another has fever. Could it be walking pnemo?
M.D. visit: Pneumonia may develop as a result of an infection of the lungs. It is possible to develop pneumonia from a viral illness. If the symptoms include high fever, chills, sputum, respiratory difficulty, and/or do not improve within three days, a physician visit is advised. From your description the illness may be influenza, another viral illness or a bacterial illness such as Strep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a bad cough and tight chest for months have had antibiotics cough meds but nothing works doctor thinks its my asthma but its getting worse?
Depends on cause: Since coughing can be a symptom of many disorders, the response to treatment depends on appropriate treatment. A physician can diagnose the cause of the cough and with appropriate treatment the cough may subside in less than 12 hours. If whooping cough, it may take weeks or months. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: In order to treat a chronic cough, it is necessary to identify the etiology of the cough. Various possibilities include bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. And these possibilities all have different treatments. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
So I have a bad cough the past couple of days and a bump showed up behind my ear it's small moveable and painless is it a lymph node? How do I get rid
Lymph node: It sounds like a lymph node. There is nothing you can do to get rid of it. Lymph nodes swell up as they filter out infection causing agents from the blood and help protect us. They usually shrink back down to an unnoticeable size after some time. However, sometimes, they do remain slightly swollen and hard due to scarring in the node. ...Read more
Depends...: It depends on how long you have been coughing but in general possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Acute bronchitis can be the diagnosis if the cough is present for a few days to a week or 2. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease inflammation. Your doctor can help make diagnosis and w/smoking cessation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get rid of the infec: See u physician for evaluation and work up, take u medication, try to rest and take enough fluid. ...Read more
My 4 1/2 month old bub has silent reflux he's had a bad cough for a month during the night that causes him to vomit I can't get rid of it I've tried?
What treatment would you recommend for a cough? Slightly tight chest, some phlegm and "hollow" sound to cough.
Pharmacist: Any Pharmacist would be able to suggest something to ease the symptoms provided it is not a serious infection. Prospan, Bronchol, Mucospect are examples of what could help. ...Read more
Cough: It is not clear what you mean by "bad, " but if it is associated with fever, difficulty breathing, blueness around the lips or fingertips, wheezing, excessive sleepiness (lethargy), or retractions when breathing get to the doctor immediately. I will assume there is no chance he/she has aspirated a foreign object? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chest tightness is the feeling of a "squeezing" or a pressure in the chest. Sometimes there is an associated breathing difficulty. There are numerous potential causes. Heart attack, angina, pericarditis, chest wall pain, heart rhythm condition, esophagus spasm, lung condition are ...Read more
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