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Are wheezing, cold and chest pain signs of bronchitis?

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Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016
Question: My 26 year old daughter said she had a little wheeze earlier, and felt cold. Temp was under 98.6. Took albutirol at 6pm. Now temp is 99, she feels hot, is coughing and wheezing and her chest hurts. Says tastes like copper when she coughs. Was going to do albutirol at 10, and take advil. She hasnt used inhaler in years, hers is reactive airway -sports was the main culprit. At what point do I take her to urgent care, or doctor? I think maybe bronchitis. ?.
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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Shortness of breath in silence, chest pain while on painkillers, not better

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for using HCM to post your question.

I read carefully your question and I understand your concern.

The way youare describing the problem that your daughter has, it may be the start of a viral infection. She may have fever for 3 days, runny nose, sore throat and cough. These are normal for a common cold.

Seems like your daughter though has reactive airways. Wheezing its not something that we can hear by normal ear. The noise we hear its secretions stucked in the upper airways. Wheezing can be heard only by a stethoscope.
So if your daughter can tell that the shortness of breath its from stuffy nose and she has sputum with the cough then for now keep her at home, give her Advil 400 mg as needed for body aches and other pains, and plenty of fluids.

But if she has shortness of breath while on silence and albuterol helps her, if fever continues more then 3 days, if she has chest pain when its under the effect of Advil, if its getting worse and not better...these are signs to notify you that you need to check her to a doctor, consider ruling out pneumonia, or an attack of Acute asthma.

Hope this is helpful and I unswered your question. Let me know if you need more clarifications. Otherwise please kindly close and rate the answer.

Regards,
Dr.Papaqako
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Brief Answer: Shortness of breath in silence, chest pain while on painkillers, not better Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for using HCM to post your question. I read carefully your question and I understand your concern. The way youare describing the problem that your daughter has, it may be the start of a viral infection. She may have fever for 3 days, runny nose, sore throat and cough. These are normal for a common cold. Seems like your daughter though has reactive airways. Wheezing its not something that we can hear by normal ear. The noise we hear its secretions stucked in the upper airways. Wheezing can be heard only by a stethoscope. So if your daughter can tell that the shortness of breath its from stuffy nose and she has sputum with the cough then for now keep her at home, give her Advil 400 mg as needed for body aches and other pains, and plenty of fluids. But if she has shortness of breath while on silence and albuterol helps her, if fever continues more then 3 days, if she has chest pain when its under the effect of Advil, if its getting worse and not better...these are signs to notify you that you need to check her to a doctor, consider ruling out pneumonia, or an attack of Acute asthma. Hope this is helpful and I unswered your question. Let me know if you need more clarifications. Otherwise please kindly close and rate the answer. Regards, Dr.Papaqako