Hi I am a 28 year old female. I have always as long as I can remember had congestion in my chest and coughed up phlegm. It may not be everyday but it is a reoccuring symptom. Even if I have not been sick I will cough up phlegm. I do not smoke. I was diagnosed with a sligth heart mumer and a slight case of asthma when I was about 18. I only used an inhaler when I was pregnant and I just wondered what could cause this? I also at times have a sharp tightening under my left breast area. It will cause me to have to hold my breath until the pain passes. Do you have any suggestions as to what could be causing these symptoms?
The symptoms described appear to be due to bronchitis, associated with inflammation of the throat and airway passages.
Your pain may be caused by PLEURISY, an irritation of âthe lining of the lung that is usually caused by a viral infection.
Hard coughing may also cause âpain in the muscles and chest wall.
The way forward would require you to take adequate rest, proper hydration and symptomatic âtreatment, including âantihistamines (Claritin or benadryl) to control the cold related symptoms, âRobitussin DM syrup to control the cough and tylenol or ibuprofen to âreduce any body aches and âpains if present. â
Supportive measures would include use of steam inhalation to sooth the inflammed airway âpassages, as well as sucking on cough lozenges to provide adequate lubrication.
In case, you develop, any headache, high fever, purulent (yellow greenish) expectoration, you ââmight consult a doctor who can examine and rule out any bacterial infections and treat them with ââa course of antibiotics for a few days. â
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