What causes chest tightness after recovery from respiratory tract infection?

Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 in Internal Doctor Category
Question: Hey, last week I was unwell - this was diagnosed on here as a 'respiratory tract infection.' Cough, headache, sore throat, cold sweats.

I am now feeling a lot better, however I am now left with a tight chest, brown/ bloody flem. Is this anything to worry about?
Answered by Dr. Neel Kudchadkar 49 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Bromhexine Syrup and some knowledge of your condition will help you greatly

Detailed Answer:

You've reached the right place for all health related stuff. Welcome to healthcaremagic. Thanks for choosing us. The fact is that your lungs contain a large number of small air puffy bags and alveoli, these are connected by tubes called as bronchioles, that lead to two main tubes called as bronchi and these lead up all the way to your nose, from where you breathe in and breathe out. You got infected "caught a bug". This lead to a "respiratory tract infection". This simply means that germs "bugs" reached your lungs and kept breeding like rabbits there till you were administered an antibiotic. The sore throat, the persistent cough, headaches and cold sweats point out to the fact that it was an infection. It cannot be anything serious or anything as bad as cancer or such diseases. Once we have agreed to this point, let me assure you that the reason you are coughing up blood stained phlegm is purely due to the infected bronchi healing or else a lingering infection. So, lets take action, kindly do two things for yourself, first get a "sputum test" done in which the pathologist doctor merely lab tests your phlegm, this will confirm whether you have any infections remaining that were not killed off by the medicines that you took. The next thing is kindly avoid smoking. If you smoke, at all. After the "sputum test" you can query me back. In fact it takes a few moments. If you have any further questions or doubts please mail me. I would advise you to take 2 tablespoons full of bromhexine syrup. This will remove the remaining infected secretions "fluid" out of your lungs.

Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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