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What is this pea sized circular thing beside the lower part of my rib cage ?

What is this circular thing the size of a small pea beside the lower part of my rib cage kind of attached to the sternum? It is not really seen, I can only feel it when I try to press on my skin , so it is more internal. It doesn t hurt as well. I have been experiencing shortness of breath for the past two weeks or so, and I am coughing some right now too. And a phlegm issue that has been going on since forever.
Asked On : Tue, 13 Sep 2011
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As you have described you are having some kind of possible chest wall swelling. It could be unrelated to the cough and sputum but it would be better to get it examined by a Doctor. The coughing and phlegm could be due to respiratory infection. You can do steam inhalation for some relief. If the sputum turns yellowish you may need antibiotics as recommended by your Doctor. Eat healthy. Drink plenty of fluids. Exercise daily.
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