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congestion in my head and really bad in my chest!

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I got sick this week for the first time in a couple of years. It hit hard, chills, fever, head congestion, chest congestion aches and PAINS. It's been a rough week. I called my dr, they were so busy so I couldn't get in, with the symptoms I gave him he called in an antibiotic. i've been on it since Monday. Along with advil, cold med's and mucinex i'm starting to feel better, but I have a lot of congestion in my head and really bad in my chest. I bring up mucus, but I seem to be having a worse time with my chest. I feel like coughing and it does bring up what's in my chest, which at this time is yellowish/white (more Yellowish) at the same time I can hear my chest wheeze. My question is this, I have not been a smoker all my life, but last year I picked up the nasty habit when my father died. I smoked for about 10-11 months and stopped about 2 weeks ago just before I got sick. Should I be worried or concerned? this is really starting to scare me. I feel foolish to have pick up a bad habit that only affects the health. Health has always been important to me.

Should I give myself more time it's been about 4 days or inform my DR. Thank you scared
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replied April 10th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

From the history provided it seems that you might be having a sinusitis or infection in the lung.

You might be helped by OTC medications like benadryl, Sudafed and Mucinex-DM which might help to reduce your symptoms to a great extent.

With regard to smoking, it is always better to quit smoking as and when possible.

You might seek your doctors help, who can advise you how to quit smoking and if needed prescribe you medications or supplements like nicotine gum or patches that help you quit smoking sucessfully, without the withdrawal symptoms.

I hope this helps.

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