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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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Flu for 6 days, still have a fever fluct between 38-39.5C. Not improving much. Tight chest, mild cough. Could it still be pneumonia without bad cough?

Flu for 6 days, still have a fever fluct between 38-39.5C. Not improving much. Tight chest, mild cough. Could it still be pneumonia without bad cough?

Possible: Did you have influenza diagnosed with a flu test or are you just assuming from symptoms; By 6 days you should start to feel better eventhough cough can hang on for 2 weeks or so. Pneumonia can be a complication of influenza. You should be seen especially if you were not seen initially for these symptoms. ...Read more

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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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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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Tight chest n coughing alot. Been checked for asthma n don't have it. Have anxiety bad. Hearts been checked n lungs been checked both ok. No clots eithr?

Tight chest n coughing alot. Been checked for asthma n don't have it. Have anxiety bad. Hearts been checked n lungs been checked both ok. No clots eithr?

Coughing: You could have a post nasal drip from your nose which is irritating and causes coughs. The use of tobacco isn't helping your situation either. ...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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8-10 wks pregnant, have RA, very tight chest, raspy cough, feels like glass in my throat, how can I treat safely?

8-10 wks pregnant, have RA, very tight chest, raspy cough, feels like glass in my throat, how can I treat safely?

See you DR: Try not to take meds, even OTC meds during the first trimester of your PG

It would be best to see you DR, have exam and then you will know what to do or take that is safe during your PB ...Read more

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Shortness of breath tight chest with cough sore throat headache & constant fatigue... Is it more then a cold?

Shortness of breath tight chest with cough sore throat headache & constant fatigue... Is it more then a cold?

Problematic: The combination of symptoms could mean that a simple viral upper respiratory chest infection is now tracking lower down into the lungs. The shortness of breath and tightness could indicate development of an early pneumonia. You need to visit your nearest Accident and Medical Clinic for further evaluation and treatment. ...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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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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Sore throat, tight chest, cough?

Sore throat, tight chest, cough?

Bronchitis?: It is possible these symptoms are due to acute bronchitis caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have allergic asthma. I feel really sick (dizziness, tight chest, cough) but I never have a pulse ox below 98 so PCPs don't take it seriously. Do I really need a $1K consult with a pulmonologist?

I have allergic asthma. I feel really sick (dizziness, tight chest, cough) but I never have a pulse ox below 98 so PCPs don't take it seriously. Do I really need a $1K consult with a pulmonologist?

Asthma: Just because you don't have a low oxygen saturation does not mean you don't have significant asthma. Have they done pulmonary function testing? You need to see a Family Doc experienced with Asthma, an Allergist or a Pulmonologist. I see no reason it should cost that much. This is an everyday problem that we care for all the time. ...Read more

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Have moderate copd. Sick one week now. On z pac but feel worse. Pulse ox 98, pulse 84, no fever. Bp 130/88. tight chest, cough, fatig ue, weak, stuffy, mild sob?

Have moderate copd. Sick one week now. On z pac but feel worse. Pulse ox 98, pulse 84, no fever. Bp 130/88. tight chest, cough, fatig ue, weak, stuffy, mild sob?

COPD: Have you had an exam of the lungs to evaluate need for steroids, or increased treatment of COPD during infection? Also, if you have just started the Z pack it may take a week to have significant effect. ...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.

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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Tight chest coughing continuously and white thick phlegm?

Cough: This is too little information. This can be because of an infection or asthma. Also depends if you smoke oor not Please discuss with Gp or call smart health for further discussion ...Read more

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Tight chest coughing fever shakes and body aches what could this be im out of town for christmas and im so sick?

Tight chest coughing fever shakes and body aches what could this be im out of town for christmas and im so sick?

FLu or pneumonia: If you have headache, especially behind the eyes flu is more likely and an urgent care or HT consult could help you get some Tamiflu. However, if there is any chest PAIN along with these symptoms, pneumonia is possible and an exam is really needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had prednisone but still very wheezy tight chest have started coughing up phlegm and blood what should I do?

Had prednisone but still very wheezy tight chest have started coughing up phlegm and blood what should I do?

Chest xray: I would recommend a chest xray if not done the addition of a long acting bronchodilator of the cholinergic class especially if you are using your ventolin correctly at least 4 times daily. Occasionally nebulized albuterol is more effective in acute cases. ...Read more

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Athsma - Having troubles with asthma during the nights get tight chest, coughing, heart racing and feel dizzy. Is this some sort of asthma attack?

Athsma - Having troubles with asthma during the nights get tight chest, coughing, heart racing and feel dizzy. Is this some sort of asthma attack?

Yes;see an allergist: Hi...I am not sure if you have already been diagnosed with asthma? but yes the symptoms are probably of asthma...there are many causes. Allergy, cold air, pollution etc.....sounds like you need a controller medicine as well as one for quick relief...see an allergy speicalist...or at least your family Dr until you can see the specialist read more here: http://acaai. Org/asthma/symptoms
Good luck ...Read more

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Slight headache for 2 days. Today sudden chest congestion, needing to blow my nose, throat feels thick when I swallow, cough, tight chest, hurts to cough?

Slight headache for 2 days. Today sudden chest congestion, needing to blow my nose, throat feels thick when I swallow, cough, tight chest, hurts to cough?

Flu: Sounds like you are catching some viral infection. You need some otc decongestant, however if the symptoms do not subside in one week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck and chest tightness and a cough with sputum. Ideas?

I have a stiff neck and chest tightness and a cough with sputum. Ideas?

Exam needed: The symptoms you describe could cover a simple upper respiratory viral infection to a more serious pneumonia or early meningitis. Get checked out today; have someone take you if you aren't feeling too badly, if you are having trouble breathing get an ambulance. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Tight chest, no fever, rarely cough, hard 2 breathe. Dr. diagnosed acute bronch Thurs night. Now have had 3 bouts of diarr since ystrdy. Totally liqud?

Tight chest, no fever, rarely cough, hard 2 breathe. Dr. diagnosed acute bronch Thurs night. Now have had 3 bouts of diarr since ystrdy. Totally liqud?

Viral: gastroenteritis? The virus gave you bronchitis can also give you diarrhea. It could be side effect of the medications if you are taking any medication. Change your diet to BRAT diet until diarrhea goes away. ...Read more

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I get shortness of breath, as if can't breath in enough air, so its easier to breath through mouth. Some times chest tightness & cough what could it be?

I get shortness of breath, as if can't breath in enough air, so its easier to breath through mouth. Some times chest tightness & cough what could it be?

Get checked out ASAP: One of the most common errors patients and doctors make is assuming that because someone is under forty, they cannot have a serious cardiac or pulmonary condition. That is simply not true. You could be having an anginal equivalent - in other words your shortness of breath could mean your heartis notable to habndle thestrain being put on it. It sould also be pulmonary in origin. See your docto. ...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

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