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My dad, 64 y.O.Mostly healthy, x-smoker(3mon)had stress test 3day ago&exerted himself in very dry room.Since then, feels he can't get enough air/s.O.B, tight chest, dry cough.Pneumonia, panic, something else?

My dad, 64 y.O.Mostly healthy, x-smoker(3mon)had stress test 3day ago&exerted himself in very dry room.Since then, feels he can't get enough air/s.O.B, tight chest, dry cough.Pneumonia, panic, something else?

See a doctor: Those symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with a doctor promptly. Things that can cause pains in chest and abdomen include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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How to get rid off tight chest with dry 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

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Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?

Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?

Respiratory distress: If you are truly having trouble breathing you should go ASAP and be seen and evaluated by a doctor. There is no way in which this can be diagnosed over the net. ...Read more

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Getting over a cold, now with tightness in chest with a dry cough. What can I do?

Getting over a cold, now with tightness in chest with a dry cough. What can I do?

See your doctor: Having recurring illness is troubling. In order to achieve a specific and correct doagnosis with symptoms like this, you'll need to visit your doctor. Only after a face-to-face evaluation will he/she be able to properly diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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What can symptoms of dry cough, chest tightness, weird taste in mouth indicate?

What can symptoms of dry cough, chest tightness, weird taste in mouth indicate?

URI: These symptoms suggest an infection of the upper respiratry tract-probably viral. If there are fevers, sweats, worsening cough, more chest discomfort on inspiration, wheezing, get checked for more serious bacterial infection including pneumonia. Otherwise take a nonprescription cough syrup for soothing relief. ...Read more

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Smoked for about 15 yrs,but smoke free for 1.5 yrs Iam34 recently getting dry cough and some mid chest tightness comes and goes is this a lung problm?

Smoked for about 15 yrs,but smoke free for 1.5 yrs Iam34 recently getting dry cough and some mid chest tightness comes and goes is this a lung problm?

Possible COPD: Prolonged smoking can lead to irreversible changes in the lung resulting in COPD/emphysema. You should see your physician for evaluation. Evaluation of your lung function with spirometry can help determine if COPD is the problem. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough for ~4 weeks. Quit smoking in april. I race in open water swims, cough started after first race. Could this be from the water? A little chest tightness, no other symptoms.

Persistent dry cough for ~4 weeks. Quit smoking in april. I race in open water swims, cough started after first race. Could this be from the water? A little chest tightness, no other symptoms.

? Asthma: Exercise induced asthma comes to mind, but it could be a lot of other things. Infection, allergy, or bronchitis are possibilities. You should probably see your doctor, who can do an exam, possibly a chest x-ray, and possibly evaluate your lung function. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Tightness (Definition)

Chest tightness is a squeezing sensation or sense of heaviness within the chest. If this sensation occurs in response to the heart not receiving enough blood, it ...Read more