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What Can I Do To Help Break Up The Congestion Of Bronchitis
Would reactine or Claritin (loratadine) break up phlegm congestion, or does it have the opposite effect?
No effect: Loratidine or Claritin is an antihistamine blocking the effects of histamine on nerve endings and the cells that form small blood vessels. It helps treat itching, sneezing, runny nose and post nasal drip. It is ineffective for congestion. Topical antihistamine sprays like azelastine snf corticosteroid sprays like fluticasone are effective for congestion. You'll need a prescription from your hcp. ...Read more
What can I do to break up phlegm in a 6 mos olds chest? He has a low grade fever, congestion, low appetite, vomiting, 5 days ago symptoms started.
Fever/vomit 6mo old: You should report this to your pediatrician and be seen as soon as you can for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.
Well, looks like you've got the albuterol in case you need it. Keep in mind that sometimes the body's response to inflammed airways is a cough, so albuterol may help that as well.
Sterile saline is available at any corner drug store, wal-mart, target, etc. In fact, many wound washes you find in the first-aid section are just sterile saline. Just read the bottle. Good luck, and see your doctor! ...Read more
Had bronchitis almost a month, Still have congestion and slight cough, but getting better. Is it weird it's lasting so long?
Hydration, mucolytic: First make sure your asthma is under controlled. Inflammation of your lungs can cause significant mucus buildup. If you have increase mucus because you have upper airway drainage then try saline rinse and Mucinex (guaifenesin) to help thin out the mucus, remember also to stay hydrated.. It is important to see an asthma specialist to determine your triggers and how best to manage your asthma. ...Read more
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
While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?
OK if you are better: Average time to cure a viral syndrome is 2 weeks - not unusual to have above symptoms as long as they are improving. ...Read more
Have bronchitis and burns to cough; what happens to the congestion if you don't cough it up? Can it make you sicker? Better to cough and hurt or not?
Atelectases: The pain on coughing is due to the force you exert on the chest wall and sometimes on rubbing of tissues such as in pleurisy. If you don't cough up secretions, they get what we call inspissated, plug up the airways, cause atelectases and maybe pneumonia. It is best to liquefy secretion for ease of expetoration with lots of fluids (juice and water) and sometimes expectorants. ...Read more
I have bronchitis was given arizomiacin and prednosone 20mg take advsir and peo air for asthma what czn I tske otc to help congestion?
N-acetylcysteine,: Called NAC, is the name for the active ingredient in Mucomist. See Wikipedia. You can obtain capsules OTC (600 mg). It is effective for loosening secretions if taken orally--and it is good for you--it helps prevent lung inflammation, and is a free-radical scavenger. Interestingly, it is also the treatment for acetaminophen poisoning. Guaifenesin is hardly better than a placebo. ...Read more
My one year old has had congestion with no cough for two weeks, pediatritian says its bronchitis, can you have bronchitis without a cough?
Do I have bronchitis or pneumonia? Or just bad congestion? I've had a cough for about two weeks now, with mucus, but today my chest started hurting.
Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?
Causes of white phlegm. I'm 26 years old, had viral bronchitis 2 months ago and still have congestion on and off with white phlegm. COPD? I do smoke
Bronchitis diagnosis a week ago, lots of chest congestion now have sinus pressure and congestion. What's wrong with me?
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
Cough and congestion for 3 yrs no specialist or my pcp seems like they cannot find anything but acid reflux or bronchitis. Nothing has helped.?
Had bronchitis for 4 wks. Cough gettin better slowly mucus not as bad now. But now feel congestion in chest when breathing in deep breaths? Normal?
Chronic cough: You may have a secondary bacterial infection. I would suggest discussing a course of antibiotics and a chest radiograph with your physician. An inbox consult is also available online. Do you smoke? If so, please discontinue and avoid smoke exposure. ...Read more
Can bronchitis last a long time? Still bad lung congestion with cough and pheghm... no fever. 98.9. pregnant curious how long it will last
Bronchitis, took Pred for 5 days. Better but still congestion in throat and upper airway, still rumbling sound in chest. What next? Just wait n see?
Just getting over pneumonia bronchitis and have asthma. Am I able to get a flu shot. H1h1? No fever. Still coughing and chest congestion
I had bronchitis, when I was younger I took breathing treatments. Its worse now, I cough 90% of the day. Chest tightness& congestion. Could it be asthma?
Cough for a week, no fever, very little nasal congestion. Crackling sound when breathing. 28 year old smoker. Could it be bronchitis?
It's likely: Is the cough productive? If you are bringing up phlegm (sputum), it is likely to be infection, the chances of which are greatly increased by smoking. If the sputum is yellow or green, or foul smelling, it may be a bacterial infection, although without fever that is less likely. Cut down or stop smoking, at least until it clears, and consider permanent cessation. Your lungs are sending u message. ...Read more
4 years cough congestion bronchitis pneumonia with wheez in lungs 5 days Zithromax & nebulizer 2 day steroid still sick wheezes worried plz help?
I've had a severe cough for 5 days. Chest pain andbody aches. No nasal congestion. Symptoms getting worse. Could I have bronchitis or walking pneumonia?
Possibly BOTH: You must be examined and if needed, get a chest xray. DO NOT IGNORE THESE SYMPTOMS!! - GO DIRECTLY TO THE ER OR UC CLINIC ...Read more