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I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?

I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?

Chlorine burn: Appears that you have sustained a chlorine irritation / burn to your naso-pharynx-tracheal-bronchial tissues. If external, the immediate remedyvis long ice cold water rinsing. You cannot do much of that, but prolonged mouthwashing, gargling, and nasal washing can help. Then, you need an inhaler. Saline breathing treatments may help but best is a metered dose steroid inhaler. So see a prescriber ...Read more

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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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I am a worry-er. I was clearing my runny nose out with tissue, &minutes later, I noticed tissue in my nostril, &blew it out. What if I inhaled tissue?

I am a worry-er. I was clearing my runny nose out with tissue, &minutes later, I noticed tissue in my nostril, &blew it out. What if I inhaled tissue?

Cough it out: Likely cough it out. If it was a lot u would likely have a mild choking sensation. Coughing is a natural defense mechanism of the body. ...Read more

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My 8 month old all of a sudden got runny nose & really congested. He finally got to sleep but is grunting every now&then after inhaling. Er?

My 8 month old all of a sudden got runny nose & really congested. He finally got to sleep but is grunting every now&then after inhaling. Er?

Viral Illness: Sounds like viral upper respiratory tract infection. Inspiratory grunting or stridor can be due to vocal cord or laryngeal involvement.
Keep nasal passage clear, use bulb syringe to suck mucous, extra fluid to drink. Can use a humidifier or Vicks vaporizer.
If barking cough, steam inhalation, take to bathroom, open hot shower, keep him there for 15 min.
If respiratory distress take him to er. ...Read more

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My daughter has a constant cough, runny nose and tight chest. She has mild asthma and is using the venteze inhaler but it does not seem to be working.

My daughter has a constant cough, runny nose and tight chest. She has mild asthma and is using the venteze inhaler but it does not seem to be working.

See physician: Best to see an after hours pediatrician physician, urgent care physician, or ER to be safe. 4 years is young and asthma can become worse very fast. ...Read more

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Yesterday I was exposed to bleach for approximately 11 hrs off and on, breathing the fumes and also exposure through cuts on my hands. Today I woke up with a terrible migraine, stuffy/runny nose, chills and a general feeling of malaise. Could this be rela

Yesterday I was exposed to bleach for approximately 11 hrs off and on, breathing the fumes and also exposure through cuts on my hands. Today I woke up with a terrible migraine, stuffy/runny nose, chills and a general feeling of malaise. Could this be rela

Yes: This would be consistent with irritant effect from the fumes, particularly if bothersome during the exposure. Increase ventilation next time if possible and/or consider wearing protective equipment. It may also be coincidence (if, for example, you've contracted a cold) ...Read more

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I accidentally inhaled fumes from a mixture of ammonia and clorox. Now I have excessing sneezing, runny nose, and sense of smell seems distorted. Help?

I accidentally inhaled fumes from a mixture of ammonia and clorox. Now I have excessing sneezing, runny nose, and sense of smell seems distorted. Help?

Pls see ur MD /ER: Sounds like u had an excessive exposure, better be seen by an md, in er / urgent care, looks like chemical irritation to the mucus membrane lining ur nasal cavity and upper airway. ...Read more

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2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

See doctor!: Your child must be seen right away by a doctor before the difficulty breathing gets worse. The cough and wheezing may be evidence of severe asthma, which can be life-threatening if untreated! ...Read more

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My 15 months daughter had cold more than two weeks ago and still has runny nose and cant breath well, tonight her tempreture is 38.3 c.?

My 15 months daughter had cold more than two weeks ago and still has runny nose and cant breath well, tonight her tempreture is 38.3 c.?

See pediatrician: A cold at that age for more than two weeks with new onset fever needs to be evaluated for a bacterial infection that may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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I haven't had a runny nose for almost 2 years, and I often struggle to breath through my nose in certain postures. Why? Any relation to stress?

I haven't had a runny nose for almost 2 years, and I often struggle to breath through my nose in certain postures. Why? Any relation to stress?

Not stress related: My first question is did you get a pet? Cold may also cause runny nose but this is seasonal.

The runny nose is probably due to allergies and I see you are on Claritan which is usually for allergies.

Stress is not a cause of runny nose. ...Read more

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I have a shortness in breath, dry cough, runny nose, and losing my voice. What could this be?

I have a shortness in breath, dry cough, runny nose, and losing my voice. What could this be?

URI: Upper respiratory infection, sinusitis, the flu. Impossible to diagnose in this forum. See your doctor if symptoms do not resolve or get worse. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose, dry cough, and when I breath deeply I have a sharp pain in my right lower back?

I have a runny nose, dry cough, and when I breath deeply I have a sharp pain in my right lower back?

Pleuritis?: See your doctor. You may need a chest x-ray and physical exam. It can be treated with medications such as aleve (naproxen) or advil if there is no bacterial infections involved beside treatment for runny nose and dry cough. ...Read more

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My toddler is having a whitish tongue and foul smelling breath. She also has an occasional runny nose and little bit of coughing. What's the reason?

My toddler is having a whitish tongue and foul smelling breath. She also has an occasional runny nose and little bit of coughing. What's the reason?

Catarrh or thrush: Sounds like a bit of an upper respiratory infection, likely viral, could be oral thrush. I think an examination by the pediatrician should be sufficient to solve the problem. In the mean time make sure whatever goes in her mouth is CLEAN (including your nipples if you are breastfeeding) and be sure she stays WELL HYDRATED. Watch for any elevated temperature or fever and report right away. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 year old son has a little runny nose, a wet cough. He seems to breath with a noise as he breathes. Its hard to explain but he fully active.?

My 2 1/2 year old son has a little runny nose, a wet cough. He seems to breath with a noise as he breathes. Its hard to explain but he fully active.?

Nasal noise: The nose & upper airway of small kids is a bit rubbery & vibrates when additional air is moving through with a cough or deep breath. This can produce lots of odd sounds/squeaks. The inner membranes of the nose can swell & constrict the nasal passages increasing the noise & vibrations. A kids general play activity is a good gauge of how sick they are, so this sounds minor. ...Read more

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What's wrong with me? What should I take? I have a little bit of a stuffy/runny nose but can still breath and a little soar throught but I can still swallow and I have coughing and when I swallow my chest kinda hurts.

What's wrong with me? What should I take? I have a little bit of a stuffy/runny nose but can still breath and a little soar throught but I can still swallow and I have coughing and when I swallow my chest kinda hurts.

Sore: Sore throat is a fairly common symptom associated with many illnesses. Most of the time it resolves on its own without any other issues. Occasionally it can be due to something more serious that needs treatment. Reasons to seek care are:

- any fever - since it could be strep and you can't tell without an exam/testing
- if it lasts longer than 3 or 4 days
- any difficulty opening your mouth
- unable to swallow
- severe pain
- bleeding in the throat
- redness or swelling on the outside of the neck
- any difficulty breathing or noisy breathing

in the meantime, taking Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, using a humidifier in your bedroom, drinking plenty of fluids such as hot tea/broth or cold liquids and a spoonful of honey can help. ...Read more

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I am experiencing back shoulder blade pain when I breath, I have had a runny nose, coughing, sneezing. I don't know what to do?

I am experiencing back shoulder blade pain when I breath, I have had a runny nose, coughing, sneezing. I don't know what to do?

? respiratory: Infection, which can be viral, sounds like it is affecting both upper, nasal cavity and sinuses, and lower, lungs and airways, producing the symptoms noted. The shoulder blade pain can be muscular or a referred pain (pleuritic pain). Need to see your doctor as you may need Rx meds, meanwhile, rest, fluids, & pain killers, OTC cold meds may help ...Read more

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Fast hart rate shortness of breath runny nose wired feelings in the lower stomach aerea?

Emergency: Soumds like severe reaction to something may be cannot find a cause do see an allergist and have Epipen (epinephrine) on hand, must know how and when to use it need work up done asap. R/o angioedema i.E swelling of lining. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, green mucus, cough, lately runny nose. Had this for 2months now, tried everything but won't go away. Wasn't sick b4.What?

Shortness of breath, green mucus, cough, lately runny nose. Had this for 2months now, tried everything but won't go away. Wasn't sick b4.What?

See doctor: If you have shortness of breath, you need to see a doctor to find out why. It looks like you have an infection in your respiratory tract including possibly a sinus infection and/or pneumonia. Don't delay seeing your doctor any longer. ...Read more

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7 months old baby with a bad runny nose how to get rid of that bc she can't breath bc of the snuffed and I gave her a few drops of motrin, hummifier in the room and vick rub. Any other idea? Please help. Its only been 2-3up days

7 months old baby with a bad runny nose how to get rid of that bc she can't breath bc of the snuffed and I gave her a few drops of motrin, hummifier in the room and vick rub. Any other idea? Please help. Its only been 2-3up days

Stop the rub: I consider the vick's rub an air pollutant when used in infants. It can prolong or worsen congestion. A liberal wash out of her nose with saline can remove some of the irritants & thin out the mucous. Sometimes you must wash out the nose using saline like a garden hose to be effective. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a cold. Naturally and quickly? (stuffy nose, plued ears, runny nose, hard to breath... Pluged ears)

How to get rid of a cold. Naturally and quickly? (stuffy nose, plued ears, runny nose, hard to breath... Pluged ears)

Just hang on: There's no was to expedite resolution of a common cold. You may treat the symptoms with decongestants, anti fever meds, and lozenges. You should rest, avoid alcohol, maintain a good diet, and stay hydrated. Sorry. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tip of nose painful to touch & burning sensation in right nostril when I breath. No other pain. Noo runny nose. Should I see my doctor or not be worried?

Tip of nose painful to touch & burning sensation in right nostril when I breath. No other pain. Noo runny nose. Should I see my doctor or not be worried?

Concerned: I am concerned you have developed an infection inside of your nostril. I would recommend you see a physician for a full evaluation. The most likley diagnosis is nasal cellulitis. ...Read more

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1 yr old nephew has no appetite, runny nose, wet gurgling noise, shortness of breath, isn't sleeping through the night because he struggles 2 breathe?

Shortness of breath: Any patient of any age who has shortness of breath and struggles to breath must be seen by a physician. The list of possible diagnoses is long. But the correct diagnosis must be determined and treatment started immediately. ...Read more

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My son has cough for 3days now he complains of tummy pain on and off as well he pees a lot with runny nose and has bad breath any advise? His 5yrs

My son has cough for 3days now he complains of tummy pain on and off as well he pees a lot with runny nose and has bad breath any advise? His 5yrs

Sinus infection?: Sinus infection and tonsillitis are often linked to bad breath. Sinus infection can also cause a cough but not usually a tummy ache. As for peeing a lot, this appears to be a separate issue. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Runny Nose (Definition)

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Nasal (Definition)

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