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Quit smoking, exercising regularly. Have flu like symptoms, chest congestion with cough. Coughed up blood. What's wrong ?

Hello. I am a 23 year old male. I quit smoking about a month and a half ago and began exercising regularly since, up until I got sick. About a week ago I started having flu-like symptoms (sinus/chest congestion, headache, minor cold sweats, possibly a slight fever, sore throat , mild joint pain, loss of appetite ) with a very significant cough. Just prior, someone I was on vacation with had the same symptoms, also with emphasis on cough. He is a 63 year old male non-smoker. Yesterday, I woke up with almost no symptoms, but that chest congestion came again with raspy crackly breathing and I began coughing a lot. Today, the same thing happened. Fine in the morning, getting significantly worse as the day goes on, developing a soreness through my windpipe and throat. Tonight, I have noticed that I am coughing up blood which is alarming. I also still have a loss of appetite. I can eat one substantial meal, but any more food in the same day seems overwhelming. I have been taking pseudoephedrine , phenylephrine , acetaminophen, dextromethorphan , guaifenesin, and ibuprofen. The pseudoephedrine helped with sinus congestion, but that is mostly gone now. The dextromethorphan and guaifenesin have done little to affect the cough.
Asked On : Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query

i can feel your concerns

i advise you to consult your doctor

have a proper clinical examination

you may need few investigations like chest Xray and CT scan for diagnosis

put salinase drops in nose

steam inhalation is also effective

take green tea and honey

avoid cold and soft drinks

wishing you a speedy recovery

Hope i have ansewered your query
i am available for your help
Answered: Sat, 27 Jul 2013
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