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Chest Congestion

When there is inflammation of the lung bronchi due to an infection, they get swollen and secrete mucus that constricts the airflow, thereby causing difficulty breathing. Breathlessness is associated with chest tightness, fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, productive cough, etc. Prolonged chest congestion along with cough can be a sign of pneumonia. Chest congestion is the most common feature of COVID-19 infection. Antimicrobials, drinking plenty of fluids, a hot shower, steam inhalation, and bronchodilators can relieve the symptoms to some extent. While sleeping, the head can be placed at a raised position above the body's level for easy breathing.

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My 3-weeks-old son has chest congestion and a blocked nose. What is the treatment for the same?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a boy who is 3 weeks old. He has chest congestion, and his nose is blocked. He had somewhat difficulty breathing today. I want to know the best and safest way to treat my son. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. As your baby is just 3 weeks old and having some breathing difficulty, you need to closely watch him for his breathing. If he is otherwise active and feeding well, I suggest Normal Saline nasal drops, two drops in each ...  Read Full »

Why do I experience cough with chest tightness and breathing difficulty in seasons?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago because it was hard to breathe. They said it was seasonal allergies then gave me Zyrtec. Took Zyrtec for a few weeks breathing problems came back with a bad cough. I went to the doctor again they said I had a sinus infection which was causing...  Read Full »

Dr. Kavya. P

Answer: Hi. Welcome to You are having a cough and breathing difficulty for the past few weeks, you visited the doctor twice and took Zyrtec the first time and antibiotics for sinus infection for the second time, right? I need further details are you having all these trouble in the past few w...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing severe chest congestion since a few days. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have congested chest and I cannot get the phlegm while coughing it up. I have been to my private doctor and urgent care and I received the following: Virtussin AC Syrup. Tablet Azithromycin 500 mg. Steriod shot. Tablet Carbinoxamine 4 mg. Amoxicillin 500 mg. Benzonatate 200 mg. Flutica...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are a heart patient. I advise the following: Drink plenty of liquid especially hot like tomato soup, tea, and coffee. Eat a light blend diet. Avoid greasy food and fried food. Eat baked food. X-ray chest is advisable. I suggest followi...  Read Full »

Inspite of medications, I am not relieved from chest tightness. Is it COPD?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 50-year-old female, with a history of childhood asthma, that was virtually a nonissue in my adult life until three weeks ago. I had a recent stromal vascular fraction (SVF) adipose stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) with a cold on board. I felt tight chested then but not b...  Read Full »

Dr. Shitla Prasad Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your symptoms and investigations thoroughly and your treatment records. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, it is not a COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma as suggested by normal pulmonary function te...  Read Full »

Will Forocort help in chest tightness and acute bronchitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 44 years old. I got flu symptoms two years back and after two weeks of slight chest pain. So my doctor prescribed Foracort 200 with Montair LC. Then in a few days, I got cured. Now, I have chest tightness and mucus but not much cough, no fever, and no running nose. It is looking lik...  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakaran

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With history, I would suggest a few medicines for cold. Treatment: 1) Tablet. Augmentin 625 (Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid) 1-0-1 X 5 days. 2) Tablet Pulmoclear (Acebrophylline and Acetylcysteine) 1-0-1 X 5 days. 3) Tablet Montek-LC (Montelukast and Levocetiriz...  Read Full »

I am facing symptoms like chest tightness, shortness of breath and throat irritation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from chest tightness and at times turns into pain. I feel like I am breathing into a tight chest with constricted chest wall muscles along with shortness of breath and throat tightness. The doctor said I have mild asthma and nothing he is giving me is working (Albuterol...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since when your suffering from chest tightness? Is it aggravating at night or early morning? Possible causes are like: 1. Episodic asthma in which you may feel repeated episodes of chest tightness and breathing difficulty. 2. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)...  Read Full »

Why do I get shortness of breath and chest pain with no cold?

Query: Hello doctor, I have manageable shortness of breath, chest tightness but no cold. My x-rays are clean, and ECG is also normal. My BP looks high 140/90. Mainly, I am unable to breathe normally. I am feeling little shortness always. Currently, I am taking the last doctor's medication. I understand it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from shortness of breath, chest tightness without any cough, and cold. Shortness of breath, chest tightness can result from some conditions which are mentioned below. Anxiety is a com...  Read Full »

Why do I feel weak, dizzy, and lightheaded even after recovering from COVID?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25-years-old male, and I am working from home for the past eight months. I sit on a mattress and look at my monitor on the floor. I was tested positive for COVID-19 three months before. I had intercourse at that time, and after that, I am feeling weak, dizzy, lightheaded, numb, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I perfectly understand the issue you are facing. Many patients come to me with similar complaints, especially after the second wave of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019), which hit our country a few months before. We call these bizarre complaints the post-COVID sequelae...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my chest congestion and productive cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had chest congestion and coughing up sticky white phlegm for the past few months. My COVID-19 test is negative. No history of asthma. The only thing that has helped has been at first Alvesco and now Symbicort. Suppose I go off these inhalers, the phlegm increases. I take Symbicort...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. Constant irritation in the throat with productive cough can be attributed to two major reasons. Allergic issues in the nose, wherein there is some irritative substance entering thereby nose initially produces a sne...  Read Full »

My baby has a steady fever, even after taking Paracetamol. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My four month old baby weighs 14 pounds. He has a 100-degree fever since today noon. I had given one teaspoon of Paracetamol syrup. But the temperature is still at 100.   Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can continue giving the Paracetamol syrup, every four to six hours if there is a fever. It will take an hour or two for the temperature to normalize. If fever is nearing 102 F, give Ibuprofen. It is most likely to be a viral fever. So, if the baby is active, yo...  Read Full »

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