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Dr. Abby
Dr. Abby, Board Certified MD
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Experience:  Family Physician, practicing medicine for over 10 years, United States
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hi im at home for 3 days when i cough i get a chest pain what

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hi im at home for 3 days when i cough i get a chest pain what should i do
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.

What does the chest pain feel like?
Sharp, dull?
Are you feeling short of breath?
Coughing up phlegm?
Do you have any underlying health problems?

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i can only do a light cough when i do a heavy cough its a sharp pain i have phlegm when i sneeze and sharp pain mostly on the right side of my chest and a running nose
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information,

Most likely you have a viral upper respiratory illness causing your cough.
The pain in your chest may be due to a few things--a muscle strain in between the ribs or something called pleurisy (which is inflammation of the lining of the lungs, usually caused by a virus).

The treatment for both of these is to take anti-inflammatores such as ibuprofen. If you don't have any problems taking this type of medication, try taking 600 mg with food every 8 hours.

You can also use over the counter cough suppressants that contain dextromethorphan.

I would follow up with your doctor tomorrow if you can.
If the pain gets worse or if you develop shortness of breath, go to the emergency room.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have.
I hope that you feel better.

Dr Abby

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