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Chest congestion is a common symptom of respiratory tract infections (like the common cold). Chest congestion is an accumulation of fluids and mucus in the lungs, which can cause symptoms of pain, discomfort, tenderness, coughing and difficulty breathing. Coughing is a way for your body to get rid of irritants in your airways or an accumulation of extra mucus that’s stuck inside your lungs.
Symptoms of chest congestion are easy to identify. Most commonly you feel very tired due to the short supply of oxygen and labored breathing. Tightened chest and chest pain along with coughing are the common symptoms of chest congestion. Coughing is the most common and natural response of lungs and throat to clear out the thick mucous deposited in the chest area. This mucous or phlegm is produced to trap pathogens and pollutants. Medications like guaifenesin which is an expectorant can help loosen congestion in your chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through your mouth. Dextromethorphan and guaifenesin is a combination medicine used to treat cough and chest congestion caused by the common cold, infections, or allergies.