Cough Does Not Heal And Tightness When It Does Not Issue Liquid Phlegm?

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Hello I want to ask .. I have been coughing for years but the cough is not as frequent as the coughing pain in general. Sometimes that. But every day, there must be a time when phlegm will accumulate a lot that I feel around my chest cavity and if I do not remove it will feel tight and very painful and I can not take a deep breath. The phlegm that comes out is thin but many, light green but there is also a small portion that is thick. Why is that? Btw, I had a history of TB as a baby and when I was 12 years old (now I am 19 years old). But it has been through TB ​​treatment for 6 months. Why is that?

1 Answer:

Hello Anisa,

Thank you for the question.

Old coughs with phlegm thick greenish, accompanied by tightness, chest pain, and difficulty breathing, can occur due to mild airway disorders, but can also be dangerous. Some conditions that often cause clinical symptoms like this are:

  Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB); although it has happened and has also been treated until healed, this disease is not impossible to recur if the risk factors are not handled properly Bronchitis; inflammation of the lower airways leading to the lungs, can occur due to infection, exposure to cigarette smoke, or other chemical fumes Pneumonia; inflammation of the lung parenchyma, which can occur due to infection and aspiration of foreign bodies Tonsillopharyngitis; inflammation of the throat and / or tonsils, can occur due to infection, acid reflux, irritation, allergies, immune disorders Other factors, for example asthma, lung cancer, gastroesophageal refux disease, pleural effusion, congestive heart failure, pleurisy, rhinosinusitis, etc. Without checking you right away, of course it's difficult for us to ascertain the exact cause of your condition. Therefore, given your history of such illness, coupled with your current complaints that have lasted a long time, you should no longer delay checking yourself to a doctor or internist. Concerned, your condition does occur related to infections, including TB, which can spread to people around you making it more difficult to handle. Most likely, the doctor will recommend you to undergo further tests, such as phlegm test, x-rays, blood tests, and so on.

In the meantime, you can first do the following steps so that the complaint improves:

 Use a mask, do not cough, clean, and spit carelessly Keep yourself away from substances that may make you allergic and irritated Do not be too tired of activity Warm compresses your chest that feels uncomfortable Do not eat cold foods, oily, deprived, and artificial sweetness Expand drink warm water, may also be added honey, lemon juice, and ginger Stay away from cigarettes and smoke Do not also indulge in excessive fan and air-conditioned environments, especially those polluting, dusty, or close to other people suffering from infectious respiratory infections Improve personal hygiene and your environment Don't take drugs carelessly without doctor's advice. Hope it helps.

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