I have had colds, bronchitises, sinusituses, and once pneumonia
in my life (I'm 69), but never this sort of
gasping wheeze. This condition is no longer helped, except for a few minutes, by expectorant cough syrup, codeine cough syrup, drinking lots of water and juices, cough drops, vitamin C, or echinacea pills. Tea and chicken soup, and breathing in steam, perhaps loosen the phlegm--but they cause more coughing, which gets so severe as to cause a tearing pain in my throat.