Get E-Book on COVID-19

Q. In spite of using inhaler often, I have heavy congestion. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 27, 2016 and last reviewed on: Mar 21, 2020

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 asthmatic, I was placed on a nebulizer and given several other medications including Prednisone to take. After completing the medication the symptoms returned. I went back to the doctor who changed the antibiotic. It cleared up temporarily and again once the medication was completed, symptoms returned. Today, I am literally just feeling awful because I do not want to go back to a doctor as nothing seems to be getting better. I feel nauseous, I have headaches. I am using my inhaler frequently and there is still a very heavy congestion on my chest. I wake up in the middle of the night hacking. I cough until I cannot breathe. I overall feel dizzy, lightheaded and I have no energy. Please help.

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Internal Medicine
#

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 benefit from a patch test.
  • Stay away from allergy provoking agents. If you smoke then please discontinue it, since it is the worse provoking agent. Others are pollen, pets, dust mite and perfumes.
  • I would also suggest getting your oxygen saturation.
  • Please also start Omeprazole 20 mg 30 minutes before your dinner daily since gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause asthma like symptoms.

Follow up in a week to an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician



Was this answer helpful?

 | 

Related Questions:
My cough lasted only for a week and the doctor says it is tuberculosis.Please help.
Does cough and phlegm with itchiness in throat in a cocaine user mean cancer?
Suffering from cold, chest congestion and sore throat. What is it?
 

This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Consult by PhoneConsult by Phone Video ChatVideo Chat
Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers


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 18K. 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 for ...  Read Full »

I noticed some soap residue in my nebulizer while using it. Should I be concerned?

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 »

Also Read


Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract, which results in symptoms like severe diarrhea, stomach pain...  Read more»
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease a year back. Can you suggest any medicine?
Having celiac fromnlast 10 year dignosis recently ayear ago since then i am gluten free still cant absorb food feeling w...  Read more»
My head is shivering from 20 days, and it feels like head trauma. What is the cause?
Hello sir, My head is shivering like anything , feeling like trauma is head. And its start anytime in a day and when s...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an Internal Medicine Physician Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: All health Q&As published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.