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What causes sneezing, coughing along with momentary tightness in chest?

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Posted on Wed, 9 Dec 2015
Question: Hi I have started sneezing and coughing. I have had my flu jab. I find that I get a momentary tightness in my chest when I cough or sneeze or take a deep breath.

Should I be concerned.
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Answered by Dr. Ralf Von Seckendorff (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Most likely non-flue- cold virus associated bronchial affection

Detailed Answer:
Dear patient,

most likely you are suffering from a coldvirus-caused upper airway infection (non-influenza, thats why the flu jab does not protect here) , causing the chest tightness through affection of the bronchial system. You might also be suffering from virus bronchitis. This will in most cases heal without antibiotics through otc cold medicine.

However, to make sure the chest tightness is not a heart related issue, i would still recommend an ekg to be on the safe side, even though this does not sound typical for heart related chest tightness, which would occur mostly during physical activity.

Best regards
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Brief Answer: Most likely non-flue- cold virus associated bronchial affection Detailed Answer: Dear patient, most likely you are suffering from a coldvirus-caused upper airway infection (non-influenza, thats why the flu jab does not protect here) , causing the chest tightness through affection of the bronchial system. You might also be suffering from virus bronchitis. This will in most cases heal without antibiotics through otc cold medicine. However, to make sure the chest tightness is not a heart related issue, i would still recommend an ekg to be on the safe side, even though this does not sound typical for heart related chest tightness, which would occur mostly during physical activity. Best regards