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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: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 9 months ago.

Is not smoking an option?

clearly this is making everything much worse

Customer: replied 9 months 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 9 months ago.

you really need an inhaler

can you get one?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Which kind of inhaler? For asthma?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 9 months ago.

yes like albuterol

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 9 months ago.

you can't really get them OTC though

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Will ventolin do?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 9 months ago.

yes

Customer: replied 9 months 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 9 months ago.

absolutely

nebulizers are awesome

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