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I am a regular smoker, I smoke maybe 10-12 cigarettes in a day. I have a coughing problem mostly and while brushing most morning I notice a rust coloured cough sputum and sometimes a little hint of blood is also seen.

As Today I hadn't eaten anything since morning only tea and cigarettes. But after I had my dinner at 9pm I started experiencing chest pain in the left chest region while I tried to take a deep breath. I have no other medical conditions and I am a 21 year old healthy male. Please help me i'm getting scared.

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The Answer

There are numerous causes of chest pain and given your age this is unlikely (although not impossible) to be caused by any cardiac issues, however, it is normally advised by most healthcare professionals that all chest pain should be investigated as a precaution. This is done by carrying out an ECG which provides a tracing of the heart’s electrical activity. It is a very quick and painless procedure that can be carried out in a GP surgery or A&E department.

The description you provided of rust-coloured phlegm and blood suggests inflammation of the lining of the lungs, which is often associated with bacterial lung infection. Chest pain is also considered a common symptom of lung infections, which are more likely to develop in those who smoke. Additional symptoms may include feeling lethargic or confused, having a fever or a rapid heart beat.

In order to make a diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment, these symptoms will require further investigation by a GP or A&E department.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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