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I am a 29 year old smoker. I have reoccurring chest

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I am a 29 year old smoker. I have reoccurring chest infections that escalate quite quickly and usually follow a bout of influenza or common cold.
At present, I'm experiencing a tightness/burning sensation in my chest, it's particularly bad when I cough (partially productive).
I haven't been to see my GP and would rather self medicate or buy otc medication.Any advice on how to clear the onset of this chest infection will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Is not smoking an option?

clearly this is making everything much worse

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I usually limit how much I smoke when I'm feeling this way, and I will be cutting back until I'm feeling better. I would really like to know if there is any medication I can take or anything i can do to help relieve these symptoms I am currently facing. Something to stop the burning in my chest and maybe stop the cough..?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

you really need an inhaler

can you get one?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Which kind of inhaler? For asthma?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

yes like albuterol

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

you can't really get them OTC though

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Will ventolin do?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

yes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok, thank you. I was thinking of purchasing a nebulisor, they're quite costly. Do you think it's a worthwhile investment and could help with the chest infections? Are there any other medicines available over the counter that you suggest I get?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

absolutely

nebulizers are awesome

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