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  • Posted By: firekisses219
  • October 21, 2006
  • 02:56 PM

I have a severe cough, a slightly high fever, and I am coughing up huge amounts of mucus. I usually smoke about 3/4 of a pack of cigarettes a day, but earlier this week is when this sickness got extreme and I have since stopped smoking. I was wonder what kind of sickness I have, and what over-the-counter remedies I could use, because I do not have health insurance and cannot go see a doctor and receive a prescription. Thanks for any help anyone can give.

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  • Your body will have a better chance if you can stay off the smoking, I bet! Good for you for quitting this week!! Your symptoms could be related to a severe flu, asthma, pnemonia, or a number of other things. I have chronic bronchitus, and recently my partner went through a similar problem to yours, developing asthma when working in an environment with micro saw dust in the air. We both have tried most of the recommended options. Here is what has helped. for improved respiratory function-over-hydration (4 -10 extra glasses of water a day, often with lemon), -steam in the air (vaporizer) with a drop of tea-tree, oregano or other herbal antibacterials, - 15 minutes/2 times per day brisk walk to improve respiration, heat your body and burn out moisture, (brisk may meant a slower pace than usual with this problem) -deep breathing (long slow deep breaths in through nose, out through mouth, focus on getting rid of old air in the lower lungs)for phelgm-over the counter GUAFISEN-based cough syrup (Robitusin DM is sometimes available but avoid the associated cold meds in some formulas), - fenugreek tea which is also an expectorant like the tussins above, - avoiding milk and wheat products reduces phlegm, -echinacea to increase immune function (limit use to 2 weeks),- Zinc/Echinacea throat spray to reduce sinus and as an throat antibacterial, but limit use. However, this is the time to seriously consider a visit to a walk- in clinic to get a round of antibiotics, because you may have an extreme infection. Also if you are having extreme respiratory distress it can eventually affect your ability to breathe, your circulation, etc. At 50, I'm seeing the endgame of many years of chronic problems. If you can catch this one before it does permanent damage, it's worth a (ball park) $70 visit and a $150 antibiotic prescription. good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
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