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 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 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 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 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. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. 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). Y...  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 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 »

How to get rid of thick mucus in the chest that has made breathing difficult?

Query: Hi doctor,I have too much mucus on my chest, not allowing me to breathe. I could not get rid of this by coughing or medicine, or nebulizers. I have GERD, seasonally catches a cold, and thus uses Montek LC regularly. Last two months, I was gradually getting this breathing difficulty. Sometimes before...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the statement, you were quite fine on your current medications, but it is very difficult to remove the mucus out in the last two months, which irritates your coughing reflex and keeps you sleepless. Again your history of allergic rhinitis, acid reflux a...  Read Full »

I have swelling in legs and chest congestion due to obesity. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, Currently, I am 25 years old and I am extremely overweight. I sit in front of my computer for long hours due to my job and I eat unhealthy foods. Before seven months, I took a four-hour flight and I started to have swelling on my feet, ankles, and legs. I got better after going home for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You will become fine hopefully and do not feel disturbed. Your BMI (body mass index) indicates obesity not overweight. These are two different parameters. There is an urgent need for you to lose weight immediately. Your heart feels congested b...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my chest tightness?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a tight banding sensation around my upper torso, chest, and neck, that came on suddenly 24 years ago and has never gone away. The intensity rises and falls, but the sensation itself never goes away. It is always there whether I am active or at rest, asleep or awake.I have had x-r...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some further details about your symptoms: Does this banding sensation happens in the whole chest, or only in the upper part of the chest, or only in the lower part of the chest? Do you have any neck pain or upper back pain also? Do you have as...  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. B 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...  Read Full »

Do mere symptoms like cough and chest tightness indicate COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old obese male. I am scared of my symptoms and want to know about them. Due to the pandemic, I do not want to go to the doctor for something that might not be COVID-19, but my symptoms from when I first started feeling unwell up to now scares me. Day 1 - I felt malais...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Two things you could do, stop worrying too much and continue to take precautions. To avoid worrying, get done a few blood tests. A bit of treatment with medicines and supplements would be helpful. 1. Blood tests- CBC (complete blood count), ESR (erythrocyte sedim...  Read Full »

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