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Quit smoking in January. Had a cigar yesterday and now feel

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Quit smoking in January. Had a cigar yesterday and now feel sick and congested with cough and runny nose the following night. Is this normal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


It can indeed be a reaction to the cigar, for a while, but then it should get better.

You might have irritated yourself enough to be vulnerable to a cold as well.

This often happens.

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I doubt this is normal

This is probably a sinus infection

I would recommend you get seen by your physician.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ears are full of fluid as well
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

definitely allergies

get some zyrtec or claritin

should fix you right up

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


You don't at all meet the criteria for sinus infection.

Those symptoms are as follows.

In addition, since your ears feel full of fluid, this can also be bacterial infection.

I would not recommend that you treat this yourself with over the counter allergy medicine.

We can not diagnose you and you need an exam.

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  • Pain over cheek and radiating to frontal region or teeth, worse with straining or bending down

  • Redness of nose, cheeks, or eyelids

  • Tenderness to pressure over the floor of the frontal sinus

  • Referred pain to the top of the head, temple, or back of the head

  • Postnasal discharge

  • A blocked nose

  • Persistent coughing or pharyngeal irritation

  • Facial pain

  • Hyposmia

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not sure if I check these boxes.
Just started to feel burning sensation in my chest when I cough?
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


As I was getting at in my first answer, this can set you up for infection.

I am a double board certified US doctor.

I suggest that you need an exam.

It can just be a cold, but given your history, it can be infection.

I don't fool around with ears.

Such sensations in the ears mandate an exam in my world, and not self treatment.

The remote possibility of hearing loss is too serious.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok so I took Clarityn. Cleared me ip for the day. Had fever and chills throughout the day. Plenty of fluids. No sore throat. Just feels a bit out of it. I get Super cold then Super warm in seconds.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


Allergy does not cause the chills, etc.

Sinus infection is possible, and REQUIRES a doctors visit.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
Need a bit more
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

Let me know if you have further questions: I keep getting a response without a post