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Is chest congestion the same as bronchitis?

Is chest congestion the same as bronchitis?

Not necessarily...: Bronchitis is an infection of the airways characterized by a productive cough. Chest congestion can occur as a result of bronchitis but can also be present with other things, like allergies for example. Your doctor can diagnose the reason for congestion so treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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Is there any natural remedy i can use for chest congestion, pneumonia, or bronchitis. I get these a lot and am getting another bout now.?

Is there any natural remedy i can use for chest congestion, pneumonia, or bronchitis. I get these a lot and am getting another bout now.?

Preventive measures: If you smoke, stop! if you're exposed to 2nd-hand smoke, avoid it. Eat healthy meals to maintain immune system. If you're around sick people, wash hands (or hand sanitizer) often; avoid touching nose/eyes before sanitizing hands. Try to avoid others' coughs/ sneezes, especially if not covered. Elderberry, astragalus, echinacea, zinc, airborne supposedly help prevent respiratory infections. ...Read more

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I have Wheezing and chest congestion with runny nose. Cough. Clear mucous. I have had for 3 days. Is it allergy? .I had bronchitis Three weeks ago.

I have Wheezing and chest congestion with runny nose. Cough. Clear mucous. I have had for 3 days. Is it allergy? .I had bronchitis Three weeks ago.

Mgt: Most episodes of bronchitis are caused by viruses which can also trigger wheezing. If you are wheezing, an inhaler called Albuterol is indicated. You may also need to take another medication such as an inhaled steroid, and/or an anti histamine. I would suggest a follow up with your doctor. In the meantime, rest, stay well hydrated, and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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Start with sore throat and then chest congestion, itching throat, cough with sputum, yellow thick. Is that bronchitis?

Start with sore throat and then chest congestion, itching throat, cough with sputum, yellow thick. Is that bronchitis?

Possibly...: Your symptoms may be indicative of bronchitis, either bacterial, viral or even allergic etiology. In order to be sure, you should see your doctor. If you have a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be needed. For viral or allergic etiologies, therapy depends on the precise signs and symptoms present ! ...Read more

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What is the best OTC for chest congestion in adults. ?

What is the best OTC for chest congestion in adults. ?

Need to see Doc : Chest congestion may have different causes, it could be cold, viral infections, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or fluids from heart trouble. If symptoms persists need to see a doc, and possibly a chest radiograph to make sure there is no fluid in lungs. Hence, treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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I have consistent chest congestion, help, any recommendations?

I have consistent chest congestion, help, any recommendations?

Physician visit: Could be many causes. Recommend you consult a physician and if you are a smoker-stop! ...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