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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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I’ve had a cold for a few days but now have a tight chest/dry cough. I’m 6 weeks pregnant. Are there any safe cough medicines I can take (Prospan?)?

I’ve had a cold for a few days but now have a tight chest/dry cough. I’m 6 weeks pregnant. Are there any safe cough medicines I can take (Prospan?)?

See your doctor: You may have bronchitis, and would need Rx medications as inhaled bronchodilators, to help the bronchial irritation hence help the cough, and you may need antibiotics too. As for the prospan, a herbal medicine, may or may not help your case, besides I am not sure if it can be taken while pregnant, read the labels, best wishes ...Read more

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How to get rid off tight chest with dry cough?

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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I have a tight chest with a dry cough but when I cough I can taste blood at the back of my throat?

I have a tight chest with a dry cough but when I cough I can taste blood at the back of my throat?

Get professional hel: Although it can be a sinus infection, any event where blood is involved should be evaluated. ...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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Normal spirometry, sob, chest tightness/pain, dry cough&back pain. Dr thinks it's asthma/prescribed Arnuity and singulair. F/u in 8 wks. Asthma or mimic?

Normal spirometry, sob, chest tightness/pain, dry cough&back pain. Dr thinks it's asthma/prescribed Arnuity and singulair. F/u in 8 wks. Asthma or mimic?

Not adding up: You need a second opinion, keep taking the prescribed medicines though, see an asthma specialist, pulmonologist or an allergist/immunonlogist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...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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Bad lower back pain chest tightness dry persistent cough. When I exhale I cough. Wheezing. I'm a smoker. I was told it's bronchitis but is the back pain

Bad lower back pain chest tightness dry persistent cough. When I exhale I cough. Wheezing. I'm a smoker. I was told it's bronchitis but is the back pain

Persistent back pain: Without explanation should always be checked for blood clots in the lung or disc disease. As a smoker, cancer should always be a possibility in the back of your mind. Coupled with the dry persistent cough, you really need to have a healthcare provider give you X-rays of both your lungs and your spine to rule out mass or COPD, then get a contrast CT of the lungs to rule out blood clot. Good luc ...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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I have a dry cough and a little chest tightness, when I get stressed it gets worse, a little hard to breath. I've had bronchitis and bronchio-spasms. Mucus tastes bad when I cough, and it's green.

I have a dry cough and a little chest tightness, when I get stressed it gets worse, a little hard to breath. I've had bronchitis and bronchio-spasms. Mucus tastes bad when I cough, and it's green.

See your doctor 4 tx: Green mucous tastes bad, and indicates you have either a secondary infection, or sinuses that are not clearing, and a possible upper respiratory infection that needs to be attended to by your pcp. S/he can listen to your lungs, and check your head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat to get a better idea what's going on, and to recommend treatment. Don't delay! ...Read more

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My throat is itchy and I have a bad dry cough with sore tight chest?

My throat is itchy and I have a bad dry cough with sore tight chest?

Dry cough: Given that you have provided us with no information about yourself, not even your age, let alone any medical history or medications, you may have environmental allergies, gastric reflux or pharyngobronchial infection. You may try OTC antihistamine and PPI to see if you have relief as well as keep well hydrated. If no improvement after a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Woke up with slight sore throat. No fever or other symptoms. Sore throat for 1 day. Dry cough. Tight chest. This morning coughed up lime green phlegm.

Woke up with slight sore throat. No fever or other symptoms. Sore throat for 1 day. Dry cough. Tight chest. This morning coughed up lime green phlegm.

Give it time: It sounds like you have an upper respiratory tract infection. Give it a few days. If you continue to worsen past 4 or 5 days of symptoms, then you may need an antibiotic. Of course, if you have any trouble breathing, you should get to the doc right away. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Have dry cough and chest tightness (been 3 weeks now), no fever/headache. It started after a few times that I went swimming. Is it chlorine allergy?

Have dry cough and chest tightness (been 3 weeks now), no fever/headache. It started after a few times that I went swimming. Is it chlorine allergy?

No: You cannot be allergic to chlorine. It does not have a high enough molecular weight to be the cause of an allergic reaction. Chlorine is, however, an irritant and can cause the symptoms that you describe when exposed to a high enough concentration. ...Read more

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I get this tightness or a pinching feeling in my chest, just for seconds from time to time. Sometimes feel it when I walk. Keep getting a dry cough?

I get this tightness or a pinching feeling in my chest, just for seconds from time to time. Sometimes feel it when I walk. Keep getting a dry cough?

Not heart: Tightness or pinching in the chest for just a few seconds is no a symptom of coronary heart disease. Coronary artery disease can cause chest discomfort (Angina) that is BROUGHT ON BY EXERTION, lasts several minutes, and often CAUSES YOU TO STOP WALKING TO GET RELIEF. ANGINA is often described as a heaviness or pressure in the chest. See a physician if your cough persists. If you smoke: Quit. ...Read more

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Never smoked. No allergies. Second year of extreme coughing. Hardly anything comes up. Feel weak for 2-4 weeks with very dry cough. Tightness in chest?

Never smoked. No allergies. Second year of extreme coughing. Hardly anything comes up. Feel weak for 2-4 weeks with very dry cough. Tightness in chest?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to ascertain the cause of your cough without examining you. If cough lasts more than 2 weeks, one ought to see a doctor.
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I've been coughing for a week. Chest feels tight and it's a frequent uncontrollable dry cough. Been taking Robitussin-DM to no avail. What to do?

I've been coughing for a week. Chest feels tight and it's a frequent uncontrollable dry cough. Been taking Robitussin-DM to no avail. What to do?

See a doctor: Any time you have chest tightness and a cough that doesn't improve with otc meds and time, you should check with your doctor. Secondary infections, asthma, or other lung diseases can be the cause. ...Read more

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Cough for 2 wks At first productive now dry but have chest tightness&sometimes a crackling feeling when I breathe. Asthmatic. Time to see dr?

Cough for 2 wks At first productive now dry but have chest tightness&sometimes a crackling feeling when I breathe. Asthmatic. Time to see dr?

ASTHMA & COUGH: If you have not been treating your asthma during this time, symptoms could simply represent sub-optimal asthma management. You COULD try you 'rescue' medication (albuterol) prior to seeing your doctor although seeing your doctor after two weeks of persistent symptoms is not an unreasonable course of action. ...Read more

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I have a dry, hacking, wheezy cough with chest tightness that happens during the day (from exercise, talking/laughing a lot) but not at night?

Asthma: These symptoms sound consistent with asthma. Without a fever or productive cough, prolonged wheezing and chest tightness in a young woman is usually asthma. You can confirm it with pulmonary function testing from your physician and use a home peak flow meter to assess if you have peak flows below normal for your age and gender. ...Read more

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Dry intermittent cough for 3 weeks with throat and chest tightness. I do not smoke. Not an issue when working out or sleeping. Starts a couple hours after waking up. Can pnd cause all of this?

Dry intermittent cough for 3 weeks with throat and chest tightness. I do not smoke. Not an issue when working out or sleeping. Starts a couple hours after waking up. Can pnd cause all of this?

Possibly: While it is possible that PND is causing this, PND typically does not cause a dry cough unless it is very little; also chest tightness seems odd in the scenario of PND causing your cough. An evaluation by a pcp and perhaps a chest x-ray would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Symptoms : Congested nose & throat. Very dry. Can’t breathe. Terrible tight chest and cough. Body and chest feels ticklish. All for a week now.?

Symptoms : Congested nose & throat. Very dry. Can’t breathe. Terrible tight chest and cough. Body and chest feels ticklish. All for a week now.?

Infection.: Possibilities for your current symptoms include acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, upper respiratory infection, allergies or even pneumonia. My concern is that your symptoms have been going on for one week, which removes the possibility that this is a simple viral infection. As such, an evaluation would be recommended at this point with a physician locally. ...Read more

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What is the safer drug for tight chest due to cough?

What is the safer drug for tight chest due to cough?

Unanswerable: There are so many scenarios where chest tightness can be a symptom that I think your question as is cannot be answered in any valid way. Doctors would be hesitant to give any medication advice with such limited information. ...Read more

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What medication to use for tight chest. Get worse at night. Used linctopun, theopen and clear cough syrup. Please advise.

What medication to use for tight chest. Get worse at night. Used linctopun, theopen and clear cough syrup. Please advise.

See DR: Need inhaler. Avoid smoke, dust, and cats. Do not allow anyone to use tobacco or to create any kind of smoke under your roof. Move out if you must. ...Read more

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How long should you allow a cough to linger before being seen? Ppl are telling me it's getting worse. It's a min. Prod. Cough. Oc. Chest tightness

How long should you allow a cough to linger before being seen? Ppl are telling me it's getting worse. It's a min. Prod. Cough. Oc. Chest tightness

If you have chest sx: If you have chest tightness associated with the cough, I would advise getting checked out. Chest tightness + cough could be due to worrisome causes or could be benign -- the only safe way to sort it out is through a full evaluation. ...Read more

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24 y/o f 485 lbs 5’11” having chest tightness, extra or skipped beats and a cough. ER visits always norm. What could it be?

24 y/o f 485 lbs 5’11” having chest tightness, extra or skipped beats and a cough. ER visits always norm. What could it be?

There are any of: A number of conditions that could be causing your symptoms but the most likely ones are due to your weight. You probably have pulmonary hypertension as this will cause chest pain (tightness) cough and cardiac irritability leading to skipped beats. You may have developed right heart failure as well. You need to get professional help to lose weight or your life expectancy will be severely shortened. ...Read more

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All along healthy person (age 15) developed cough and chest tightness. Dr. Says asthma. Is there a test/approach to confirm?

All along healthy person (age 15) developed cough and chest tightness. Dr. Says asthma. Is there a test/approach to confirm?

Spirometry: Asthma is commonly diagnosed based on medical history, family history, and physical examination. Spirometry is a test that measures how well lungs are working is commonly used in confirming the diagnosis of asthma. Other tests commonly used in the diagnosis of asthma include allergy testing and blood oxygen saturation and chest xray. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Tightness (Definition)

Chest tightness is the feeling of a "squeezing" or a pressure in the chest. Sometimes there is an associated breathing difficulty. There are numerous potential causes. Heart attack, angina, pericarditis, chest wall pain, heart rhythm condition, esophagus spasm, lung condition are ...Read more


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