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Old 06-06-2012, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I've had this terrible chest congestion since last Thursday. I went to to doctor on Monday and he gave me some antibiotics but I haven't gotten better at all. I'm pretty sure it's a virus, not bacteria that's causing my congestion. I've taken antibiotics before and if they work they usually work pretty fast (like 1 or 2 days).

During the day I'm constantly needing to spit out yellow mucus with an occasional cough if I talk too much or my throat gets dry. However the worst part comes at night. In addition to constantly needing to spit, I have this hacking cough that won't stop. As a result I've been staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning the past few days. I don't think going to the doctor again will help. Does anyone know any homemade remedies for this kind of thing? I've tried honey, tea, chicken soup, it just doesn't even get a little better. Any help please?
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:33 PM
 
Location: On the Plateau in Tn.
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As a nurse all I can say is Please go back to your doctor, he needs to know your not doing well. Chest congestion with the yellow mucus can be serious.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:53 PM
 
Location: California
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I agree with going back to the Dr. but last time I had "the cough from hell" Mucinex and codine did the trick..
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:16 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I would go back to the Dr. also, in the meantime you might want to try some good old Vicks Vapor Rub for some relief.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Mucinex works well and so does nyquill.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Steam...using a vaporizer will help loosen up the conjestion. I've had brochitis for years, as soon as I feel it coming on I grab the vaporizer, goes all night with my bedroom door closed.

And, yes, back to the doctor too!

Hope you feel better.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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I was going to suggest (like Dollydo) a vaporizer....or a humidifier...
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I just got over the flu(whooping cough??), coughing up c**p for over 2 weeks. I didn't go to the doctor, just treated the symptoms.

For me the chest/nasal congestion and cough were the worst, followed by occasional feverish feelings, fatigue and aches. I took aspirin for the fever and aches. Took cheapo cough syrup....dextromethorphan & guaifensen, for the cough/congestion.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Took cheapo cough syrup....dextromethorphan & guaifensen, for the cough/congestion.
I was going to ask if you tried this? It loosens up the mucous and you cough it out. I also did the steam tent with some eucalyptus oil in it but that helped more with my sinuses than the cough.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm a nursing student, and my first advice would be to go back to the doctor. The yellow sputum (stuff you're coughing up) can be a sign of a more serious infection. Now that I've given my disclaimer, I will tell you some of the things that have worked for me, or my family, in the past.

  • Close the bathroom door, plug the bathtub drain, put some Vicks Vapor Rub in the bottom of the tub, and turn the shower on to its hottest setting. The Vapor Rub should mix with the water, and create a Vapor Rub-laden steam (this can be a bit messy, so you may want to try just running the shower and sitting in the bathroom with the steam).
  • Get a humidifier, or vaporizer, and run it in your bedroom at night when your symptoms are the worst.
  • Try Mucinex (or anything else with guaifenesin in it).
  • Drink plenty of fluids, and stay well hydrated (this thins mucous out, and makes it easier to cough up).
  • Place a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a hot bath (not hot enough to burn you, though), and get in. Close the bathroom door and let the steam fill the room.
  • Brew a hot herbal tea, and put honey in it. The tea and honey will soothe your throat, and the warm liquid can loosen the secretions.
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