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In theory, can anxiety exacerbate chest congestion? I am not asking if it causes it necessarily, only if it makes it worse, theoretically?

In theory, can anxiety exacerbate chest congestion? I am not asking if it causes it necessarily, only if it makes it worse, theoretically?

Yes,: Anxiety can tighten chest muscles and evoke overall bodily constriction. This can make chest feel worse. Glad to see you are otherwise very healthy. Please consider learning some stress management from a clinical psychologist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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I've had pretty bad chest congestion for a few years now, sometimes clearing my airways of mucus every 2 minutes. Gets worse in cold, exercise, indoor?

I've had pretty bad chest congestion for a few years now, sometimes clearing my airways of mucus every 2 minutes. Gets worse in cold, exercise, indoor?

May be asthma and...: It is difficult to tell what you have, but I would suspect asthma is likely cause of your trouble. Cystic fibrosis may have similar symptoms, but should have been having symptoms since childhood. COPD is not likely in a 24 yrs old and alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency may also do so, but often in 30s-40s and smoking increase/causes earlier symptoms. U should consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Having chest pain, hurts in lungs worse when I lay down and coughing with chest congestion?

Having chest pain, hurts in lungs worse when I lay down and coughing with chest congestion?

Go to ER: You should go to er and get yourself checked. There are different reasons that can cause chest pain and cough- however, I think you should be evaluated as soon as possible. Go to er. ...Read more

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My cough/chest congestion is not going away. I have tried OTC syrups, antibiotics, nasal irrigation. What could be issue. Mornings are the worse.

My cough/chest congestion is not going away. I have tried OTC syrups, antibiotics, nasal irrigation. What could be issue. Mornings are the worse.

Depends: I would need more information, i.e., duration of cough, related symptoms (shortness of breath, heartburn), risk factors (smoking, caffeine, eating before lying down), past history (asthma, gerd). It is possible whatever infection you had resolved, but your airway is still inflamed — a trial of inhaled or oral steroids may help. It is also possible that you have GERD. Follow up with your clinician. ...Read more

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I wake up gasping for air, feel short of breath often, have persistent light chest congestion, and am occasionally disoriented. I'm 27, 145 lbs, rarely exercise. It's been a year, worse lately. Ideas?

I wake up gasping for air, feel short of breath often, have persistent light chest congestion, and am occasionally disoriented. I'm 27, 145 lbs, rarely exercise. It's been a year, worse lately. Ideas?

?asthma: Awakening with shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing is often due to nocturnal asthma. It's best to discuss this symptom with your physician who will order the appropriate tests and treatment. The symptoms may be brought on by changes in temperature or barometric pressure or by dust mites or dust collectors in your bedroom. ...Read more

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99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feels like need to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feels like need to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

Options : You have a complicated list of symptoms. These symptoms could be present from either a bacterial or a viral infection. If your chest x-ray was read normal it is unlikely that you have pneumonia. Sometimes sinus disease or a viral bronchitis can persist for a long time. It is probably most prudent to follow up with the doctor that has prescribed antibiotics and review your symptoms with them. ...Read more

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99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feel like needs to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feel like needs to. Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

Maybe, maybe not: Some of these symptoms are seen with pneumonia, such as cough, chest congestion, etc, but they may be seen with other problems such as bronchitis or asthma exacerbation. A normal chest xray is a factor against pneumonia but is not always 100% accurate. The best approach would be to discuss the situation with one's doctor and determine if there is an infection or non-infectious lung issue. ...Read more

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Nasal/Chest congestion, constant cough and white foamy sputum which gets worse at night/after eating, Diagnosed viral tracheitis, I think its worse?

Nasal/Chest congestion, constant cough and white foamy sputum which gets worse at night/after eating, Diagnosed viral tracheitis, I think its worse?

Determine the cause: Depending on the cause, the treatment can be given. A majority of chronic coughs can be associated with 1. Asthma 2. Post nasal drip 3. Acid reflux. For more acute conditions such as what you describe, should be explored in greater detail with a physician who will also perform a physician exam. ...Read more

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My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

Depends: Both are symptoms of a common cold and can appear at different times, but do not mean it is getting worse. However, if the symptoms are lasting more than 7-10 days or there are additional symptoms including, but not limited to such as fever, difficulty breathing, wheezing, I would recommend seeing a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Chest tightness, difficulty breathing.  I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse.  How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Control the asthma: It is understandable that when one can't breathe well, one often gets anxiety and thus you need to see someone, preferably an allergist, to get your asthma under control since you are not taking anything for it.
On the other hand, anxiety can worsen asthma and only when we can get your asthma under control can we be certain on which is the chicken and which the egg. ...Read more

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1 yr old with wet cough and chest congestion, worse at night, no fever, vomits at night sometimes. On Aerius & Otirivin. Should I give Zithromax?

1 yr old with wet cough and chest congestion, worse at night, no fever, vomits at night sometimes. On Aerius & Otirivin. Should I give Zithromax?

No: You need to see his pediatrician or an allergist, he might have bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways), which can be controlled by nebulized medicines, more important though is rest of history, environmental history, smokers around your child, etc., good luck ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Pediatrics: Any time you feel a 4-year old is getting worse the best course of action is to call the doctor, tell them what is going on and follow their directions. Hopefully she was seen by a pediatrician or an experienced family practitioner. If not, do that now. Better safe than sorry. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and itchy ears. It has been 2 days and it is only getting worse. What could this be?

I have a very sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and itchy ears. It has been 2 days and it is only getting worse. What could this be?

Congestion: Likely a viral illness. Can take a week to 10 days to run its course. Typically, medicate symptoms and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night) . The following also describe me: Fatigue, Sore throat, Chest congestion, and Nasal congestion. What should I

I am experiencing  cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night) . The following also describe me: Fatigue, Sore throat, Chest congestion, and Nasal congestion. What should I

Mgt.: A virtual appointment may be useful to you and to your PCP. You may have a flu like illness, the flu or another illness. Mostly likely this is a viral illness which should resolve in about three weeks. If you are experiencing fever, chills or respiratory difficulty, please see acute care. in the meantime, rest, fluids and monitor your temperature. The use of nasal saline may also be used. ...Read more

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What are effective home remedies for chest congestion?

What are effective home remedies for chest congestion?

Try these tips:: Avoid milk as it can increase mucus production in many people. Increase your water intake to help loosen the phlem. Take a hot shower and breathe the steam or boil water on the stove. Many hots teas are soothing such as mullen and honey. Do not give honey to children or infants. Any cough lasting longer than one week should be evaluated by a doctor just in case infection is present. ...Read more

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Is chest congestion the same as bronchitis?

Is chest congestion the same as bronchitis?

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

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Childs chest congestion remedy, what to do?

Childs chest congestion remedy, what to do?

Chest congestion: It depends on the child's age, whether he has fever, whether he has difficulty breathing and other variables. One thing you can do is have your child breath in hot steam from a hot shower and use a vaporizer and elevate his mattress so he is sleeping on an angle. Push fluids but avoid milk. Write back with more specifics. ...Read more

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Can gluten worsen chest congestion in toddlers?

Can gluten worsen chest congestion in toddlers?

No: Chest congestion would not be a symptom of gluten intolerance. Typical symptoms of gluten sensitivity in toddlers involve the gastrointestinal tract and include failure to thrive (poor weight gain), persistent diarrhea, chronic constipation, recurrent abdominal pain, and vomiting. ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion has persisted for several days?

Cough and chest congestion has persisted for several days?

See below: You probably have viral bronchitis or influenza. Viral bronchitis will gradually get better but the dry cough may persist for several weeks. Influenza is more severe and is associated with fevers and prostration. If you feel ok and don't have significant fever take over the counter robitussindm. If you have fever and feel poorly get checked out by your md for bacterial infection or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy to lose your voice from chest congestion?

Would it be healthy to lose your voice from chest congestion?

Not abnormal: Chest congestion and pharyngitis do appear together, c ur pcp 4 eval strep screen and possible further studies. Get a firm DX then the rx will b more appropriate. ...Read more

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Can sitting in a sauna/steam room help relieve chest congestion?

Can sitting in a sauna/steam room help relieve chest congestion?

Depends on cause: It depends on what is causing chest congestion. If bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia, antibiotics will first line treatment. Sauna/steam room will probably not help. If asthma induced bronchi spasm, heat may exacerbate chest congestion. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion without cough, and little pain in right side of my chest.....?

Pleurisy?: Pain on the right side of chest without cough could be from different causes varying from pulled muscles to pleural pain from an infection. Chest congestion without cough is rather unusual, though. If the pain continues you may see your doctor for assessment of the cause of chest pain and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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