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Having chest pains in upper sternum, runny nose and sore throat. Suggest?

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I'm having chest pains in the upper part of the sternum, runny nose and soar throat. No sign of swollen glands, very little coughing. No history of allergies.
Posted Tue, 1 Oct 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
likely an early viral illness

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Runny nose, sore throat, chest discomfort and intermittent coughing are usually related either to a viral bacterial infection may be superimposed on the viral infection so that a person may have both.

Usually however, especially in some one like yourself where there is no history of allergies, it usually indicates the start of a viral illness.

You should consider the following: (1) use of copious fluids- this reduces the viscosity of the secretions so that they can be expelled better

(2) anti histamine and decongestant- this would help with the nasal symptoms- normally come combined

(3) mucolytic- these agents would also help decrease the viscosity of secretions in the nose and any in the chest. Includes drugs such as robitussin, bisolvan, mucomyst


(5) pain medication for the throat- this can be in the form of oral pain medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen or it can be a throat spray or gargle. The sprays or gargles often come combined as antiseptics and pain meds
Usually available without prescription

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any additional questions
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