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what do I do for chest congestion and cough that has lasted for more than 5 days?

By Anonymous October 9, 2011 - 4:21pm
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Hi Anonymous,

Chronic, recurring chest congestion, or chest congestion that doesn't go away within a few days, can be a symptom of a larger problem than a seasonal cold, allergies, or irritation caused by smoke. Many things can cause chest congestion and should be treated by a medical professional. These include: bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, and more. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat these problems.

Some things you can do tonight to help you sleep through the night: drink plenty of fluids, turn on the hot water in your shower and let the bathroom steam up-- then sit in the room for 15-20 minutes. Apply a warm compress to your chest--for the same purpose as the steam; to loosen up the congestion, and take an over the counter expectorant.

Hopefully this will help you sleep through the night but don't forget to call your doctor tomorrow morning.

Best Wishes,


October 9, 2011 - 5:42pm
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