Severe Cold/Chest Congestion - What can I take?

Hello, I have recently been diagnosed with Stage 1B breast cancer. I have not received any treatment yet as I am still going through biopsies and awaiting my lumpectomy surgery before starting chemo. I have caught a pretty nasty cold with chest congestion and it’s hard to get a good breath. What cold medicines would you recommend to relieve the chest congestion?

I hope the nurses can answer your question soon. But if it was me I would call the GP or 111 for advice or the breast care nurse with your surgery team.

I did notice you say it’s hard to breathe so out of hours 111 would be your best option if you are struggling. If you can wait until tomorrow the phone lines for the BCN nurses open at 9am 0808 800 6000.

I hope you feel better soon :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Hi bkipster

Thank you for posting.

As @naughty_boob says if you are struggling to breathe you need to call your GP or 111 for advice.

It sounds like you are having a tough time having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and now having a chest infection. You may want to get in touch with your GP to check as you may need antibiotics. A pharmacist can recommend cough medicines to loosen the mucus in your lungs. This will make the mucus easier to cough up and help clear any infection from your lungs.

We offer a range of free supportive services for anyone who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer which you may be interested in. They include face to face and online courses and events.

Talking to someone who has had a similar diagnosis and treatment can often be helpful. Our Someone Like Me service can match you with a trained volunteer who’s had a similar experience to you. You can be in touch with your volunteer by phone or email and they can share their personal experiences to answer your questions, offer support or simply listen to how you are feeling.

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