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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What is the best medicine for symptoms like fever, cough, cold, and chest congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, I have mild fever, severe cough, cold, and chest congestion. I tested for COVID-19, and the result came back negative. Can it be flu or viral infection? What is the best medicine to treat my symptoms? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Since the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019) pandemic is not over yet, any fever patient should be tested for COVID-19 infection. But as your RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test is negative, the cause is likel...  Read Full »

Why do I heavy congestion even after using inhalers?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been to doctor three times in the last two months and was prescribed many medications. But, I am simply not getting any better. Initially, I went in for respiratory issues. I had a terrible hacking cough and was literally using my Ventolin Inhaler more than I should. As I am ast...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are few important points to consider. You should not be using the nebulizer or rescue inhaler that often. You should be on inhaled steroid for asthma like Advair (Fluticasone and Salmeterol). Please take Montelukast 10 mg daily. Also you would ben...  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. ...  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 »

How to cure the chest congestion, nose block, and cough in me after a recent weather change?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a chest congestion and nose block leading to the formation of a thick yellow mucus when I wake up in the morning. This started after a recent weather change in my city and I have this problem for a week now. I have not taken any medication yet. I do not have any other health is...  Read Full »


Dr. Murali Rayani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest the following medications: Alex cough syrup (a combination of Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin, and Chlorpheniramine) 10 ml, after food, morning and night till the cough subside and your chest congestion is relieved. Tablet Levocetirizine for cold, a...  Read Full »

Is my back pain due to a heart problem?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 43 year male. I experienced chest congestion in the first week of last month. I have consulted a cardiologist at a hospital. I have undergone TMT, 2D echo, and ECG. The doctor prescribed Modlip ASG 75. I am diabetic for past 12 years with good control (HbA1c is below 6 for past 8...  Read Full »


Dr. Sengottuvelu. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Echo and TMT (Treadmill test) are normal. Your backache is not due to a heart problem. You can stop Aspirin and continue Statin. I suggest doing periodical Echo and treadmill test once a...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello doctor,My four month old baby weighs 7 kg. He has a 100-degree fever since today noon. I had given 4 ml of 125 g Paracetamol syrup. But the temperature is still at 100.   Read Full »


Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can continue giving the 4 ml 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 70 mg. It is most likely to be a viral fever. So, if the baby is a...  Read Full »

Should I take antibiotics for postnasal drip and tickle cough?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been using a Levalbuterol nebulizer for a cough. I accidentally had some soap residue left in the nebulizer, and I used it for a minute before realizing this. Should I be very concerned?  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think you should be worried about, if it would have been in more concentration, your body would have reacted in the form of sneezing as a protective mechanism. You can continue nebulization, but be careful in future, if the cough does not subside in a week to ...  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,...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 seque...  Read Full »

Is working with chemical fumes the cause of my lung congestion?

Query: Hi doctor, I have slight congestion in lungs, and I cough out clear mucus with white blobs. I am under treatment for GERD. I work with chemical fumes. I consulted a doctor, and he said everything is normal. I had bronchiectasis during my childhood. I am taking Lansoprazole currently. Kindly help...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from coughing with mucus, occasionally a snoring feeling, and noise in the left lower back. You are a known case of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). You had a history of bronchiectasi...  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...  Read Full »

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