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Tightness in chest, coughing, and shortness or breath. Am I having an anxiety attack, or is it asthma, or what?

Posted by jackie_06

I'm 20 years old. I've been having shortness of breath and tightness in my chest for about 3 days now and I just recently started coughing up phlegm. It really starts to bother me when I'm laying down. I thought at first maybe I was having an axiety attack but I have had anxiety attacks plenty of times before and it never lasted this long. I used to have asthma when I was a baby but I grew out of it [or I'm sure I did, I've never ever had a problem with it before]. I used to smoke but not that much, maybe one every other day for half a year, but I quit over 3 weeks ago. I don't want to go to the doctor if its something I can take care of myself, so if anyone could help me out with this I would be very grateful (:
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Ian Health Maven

It could be anxiety, or asthma, a reaction to allergens, an infection, or the lungs shedding the residues of your smoking, or any number of things. If in doubt see your doctor. 

 Best wishes



I am a 23 old female, who is suffuring from coughing and shortness of breth for about one week. When I wanted to see my family doctor, he said it is ok, and did not perscribed me any medication, which I needed badly. I am sure that without prescriptions these kinds of symthoms are hard to get over with.


Thanks a lot

Ian Health Maven
It assume your doctor determined that you have a viral infection, Lisa. There are few medications that will treat these. Antibiotics do not, and by taking them when not needed their effectiveness against their real target, bacterial infections, is slowly reduced. Your doctor probably did the right thing.

Common home treatments such as lemon tea and over-the-counter cough remedies are often effective in easing coughing.

Best wishes

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