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 baby has been making snoring noises while breathing, sleeping, and playing for the past two days. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 11 months old. My baby has been making snoring sounds while breathing, sleeping, and playing for the past two days. Her nose is blocked mildly, but she has no runny nose. I can also feel the sound with my hands over her back. What should I do? Does she need medications? Kind...  Read Full »


Dr. Jeffrey Aaron

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Congestion can indicate a viral upper respiratory infection. I suggest you follow a few instructions mentioned below to relieve congestion. Use normal saline nasal drops, two drops in each nostril every three to...  Read Full »

I feel like air is stuck in my chest and throat while exercising. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, After three minutes of doing exercise, I start to feel like there is air stuck in my chest and throat. I also start to feel bloated and get a headache. Once I stop, for maybe an hour or two I will still feel the air in my chest but it comes out slowly in very small amounts at a time. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. You will need a few tests to establish the cause of your symptoms. The most probable reason could be bronchial asthma. To diagnose it, physical examination over video call or an actual visit to the doc...  Read Full »

Shall I take Azithromycin for chest congestion and cold?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 38 years old and I weigh 55 kg. l am having chest congestion and cold. The doctor prescribed me Azithromycin 500 mg for three days and Levocetirizine. I am asthmatic. I am also taking Foracort 400 twice a day whenever I have a breathing problem. My symptoms are not improving. What...  Read Full »


Dr. Abaranam Innaci

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have started on antibiotics, I suggest you take it for three days. For your asthma problem, you need to assess the level of airway diseases that can be done by pulmonary function test with reversibility. According to that, we have to adjust the dose of medicin...  Read Full »

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. Prakashchandra Nagar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. As your baby is just three 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 e...  Read Full »

Are my chest congestion and mild chest pain from the past four days due to COVID-19?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some symptoms with chest congestion for the past four days. I have mild chest pain. I am staying in bed and taking Tamiflu and Amoxicillin 2500 mg for few days. I have some improvement now. But I feel tired even after going for walk for five minutes. I do not have fever, chills, cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), it presents with dry cough and fever. Later it turns into breathlessness. As you do not have a fever and having a productive cough, COVID-19 is ruled out in you. You seem to have an allergic cough or ...  Read Full »

What causes persistent chest congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. He is dealing with continuous chest congestion and coughing with change in season. Doctor suggested Foracort 100 for two to three months with two shots in the morning and two at night after using nebulization Levolin 1.25 mg and Budecort 1 mg in the past for ches...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First off all I would suggest you to carry out chest x-ray and complete blood count to rule out lung infection like bronchitis. Foracort is a combination of Budesonide, a corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory and Formoterol, a long-acting bronchodilator, used to...  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 i...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 co...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my chest pain and tightness with shortness of breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having chest pain and discomfort for four years now. I feel tightness, sometimes shortness of breath, and slight pain. It hurts the most when I lift something heavy. I have done ANA test, ECG, and blood work.  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Normally, RNP (ribonuclear protein) levels below 20 units on ELISA is negative. But if it is more than 26 units suggest positive. It is suggesting multiple connective tissue disorders like myositis, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. PM-scl also suggest that sc...  Read Full »

Is cough with chest congestion something to worry about?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom had cough and cold which continued for a week. We conducted X-ray which indicated too much cough congestion in the chest and TLC count was 18,000. One day, due to too much cough she vomited, and she was injected with a medicine to stop it and it worked. Next day, we went abroad ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not a viral infection but a bacterial infection as her TLC (total leucocyte count) has increased. Also, diabetic patients are prone to such infection. Treatment is antibiotics, which she has been started by her physician. In most patients, this resolves with a...  Read Full »

I experience chest congestion with heaviness and constant cough. Will smoking be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chest congestion with heaviness in chest. I also have a constant cough with sputum. I am not taking any medication at present for this. Could this be due to smoking?  Read Full »


Dr. Noushin Payravi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your cough and chest congestion is probably due to bronchitis (smoking can be the underlying reason however, at the moment you are experiencing a phase of exacerbation due to infection or an allergic reaction). I would like to know about the onset of your symptoms an...  Read Full »

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