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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
248 doctors shared insights

Bronchiolitis (Definition)

Bronchiolitis is a condition of inflammation and mucus production in bronchioles (which are small air passages in the lungs) resulting from a viral infection, usually affecting babies or toddlers. Symptoms typically include ...Read more


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My daugter is 10 months old..She is suffering from chest congestion and cold...She is not eating anything even can't feed for last 4 days.

My daugter is 10 months old..She is suffering from chest congestion and cold...She is not eating anything even can't feed  for last 4 days.

Get her evaluated: At 10 months old, it is important to get your child evaluated since she has not eaten in 4 days. She is at risk of getting sicker, not only from her "cold" but also from malnutrition and possible dehydration. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My fiance had a cold that was going around that landed him home sick for 4 days. Now he has chest congestion and a cough for the last 2 weeks. Help?

My fiance had a cold that was going around that landed him home sick for 4 days. Now he has chest congestion and a cough for the last 2 weeks. Help?

Seems...: It seems that after the initial cold symptoms he never fully recovered from that. The fact that symptoms are worse and lasted for so long makes us think he could be having a bacterial infection of some sort, could be sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia. The only way to definitely tell is to have him see his doctor for exam, diagnosis and possible antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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My 4 years daughter suffers chronic chest congestion with heavy mucus since last 3 months. Anti biotic given but in vain. Plz advice treatment.

My 4 years daughter suffers chronic chest congestion with heavy mucus since last 3 months. Anti biotic given but in vain. Plz advice treatment.

chest congestion: You daughter should be evaluated by an allergist or pediatric pulmonologist. Her chronic congestion may be caused by asthma. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has moderate chest congestion, after having a mild fever a few days ago. Fever gone. How long is ok with congestion before taking to dr?

My 3 yr old has moderate chest congestion, after having a mild fever a few days ago. Fever gone. How long is ok with congestion before taking to dr?

Be patient, mom!: As long as your child is not asthmatic, viral upper respiratory infections (aka colds) resolve in about 2 weeks. Try honey, mentholated rubs and delsym (dextromethorphan) for cough relief, but avoid otc cold symptom relievers. Red flags: return of fever, marked lethargy or unusual irritability, audible wheezing or marked difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Should i go to an intense, 2 hour long swim practice with a soar throat and chest congestion?

Should i go to an intense, 2 hour long swim practice with a soar throat and chest congestion?

REST: The definition of rest is to not work. It can be expounded into "to not work out'. When one is ill the recommendation to rest and hydrate are very real. ...Read more

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I have had a fever and cough with chest congestion for 4 days but last night it got better. This morning my congestion lead to difficulty breathing.

I have had a fever and cough with chest congestion for 4 days but last night it got better. This morning my congestion lead to difficulty breathing.

Call 911: If you are truly having difficulty breathing, do not drive yourself. Have someone else drive you or call 911. You should go to the emergency department. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been running a fever and suffering from chest congestion for the last couple of days. Mucinex (guaifenesin) doesn't seem to be effective. Any suggestions?

I've been running a fever and suffering from chest congestion for the last couple of days. Mucinex (guaifenesin) doesn't seem to be effective. Any suggestions?

Go to the doctor: You might have a pneumonia and need antibiotic treatment. You also might have the flu or other viral infection and then will need to treat the symptoms and support your immune system till you recover. ...Read more

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I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

Doctor can re-check: After starting antibiotics, things should be better each day after the first 2 days. Otherwise, the doctor can re-check to see if a different antibiotic or a longer course of antibiotics is needed. Sometimes asthma meds such as inhalers and anti-inflammatories like singulair (montelukast) or Prednisone are also needed. If doing well, a mild residual cough can be around for a couple of weeks, improving daily. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Chest Congestion (Definition)

Chest congestion is a symptom of increased secretions in the airways, which often occurs with viral or bacterial infections of the lung or upper airway. Sometimes chest congestion can be a sign of fluid buildup within the lung ...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