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How To Get Rid Of A Chest Cough
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
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
First,: Why are you coughing? That needs to be determined as simple suppression is not advisable for a number of reasons. The inciting process may continue, the suppressive medication may not work, and may actually have significant unintended side effects. Have a medical professional examine you. ...Read more
Depends...: On the cause. One common cause is asthma, and there are many very good medications on the market to control asthma inflammation in the airways and decrease the cough and congestion that result from that inflammation. You need a thorough evaluation by a doctor to help you identify the cause of your chest symptoms. ...Read more
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
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