How to recognize chest congestion?
Chest congestion is a condition in which the fluid and mucusaccumulate in the lungs, which is why the person with this condition will have problemsto breathe normally. It can happen to everyone, regardless of the age, and thesymptoms that indicate this condition sometimes seem to be insignificant orthey are easily mistaken for symptoms of a common cold, for example. However,it is important to be very careful and to recognize them in time and visit thedoctor, because even when mild and not so serious in nature, the symptoms ofchest congestion can be fatal. It is also necessary to know that the symptomsmight vary depending on the cause, but those that might develop besidesproblems with breathing are shortness of breath, chills, fever, coughing oreven coughing up blood, pain and tightness in the chest, difficulty in talkingand swallowing. As long as coughing is dry, the person’s condition is notgetting better, but when phlegm is coughed up, then they can be sure that thisindicates improvement. If by chance, in case of chest congestion the persondevelops blue lips, blue tongue or blue nails, these will be the signs that theperson lacks oxygen and that medical emergency assistance is necessary.
How to deal with chest congestion?
The treatment will depend on the cause, because they mayrange from common cold or flu, pneumonia and bronchitis, all the way to cysticfibrosis, congestive heart failure, malfunctions of the heart valve, pulmonaryedema and lung cancer. Surely, not all the cases of chest congestion will betreated in the same way, and besides the causes, the symptoms and the age of thepatient will have to be taken into consideration as well. The medications thatwill have to be included in the treatment are certainly antibiotics,corticosteroids, and cough suppressants, although some cases might require theuse of bronchodilators too.
As for the things that can help the patient besides themedications, warm tea and vitamin C are on the top of the list. Any tea, but particularlychamomile and peppermint tea are going to help in unblocking the air passages. Theintake of fluids on a daily basis needs to be increased, and what might also behelpful is inhaling steam in which a drop or two of eucalyptus or peppermint oilis added. The patient will need a lot of rest and appropriate diet will have tobe followed for some time as well.