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A 19-year-old female asked:

Hi docs, i do hv persistent cough day n nit with mucus when stressed. . x-ray chest n lung normal, hiv n tuberculosis negative. what cld be d prob?

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Rheumatology 37 years experience
Many causes : Sinus drainage is the most likely cause for your age. Allergies, exposure to toxins, airborne contaminants, certain chronic infections , smoking, and COPD are also possibilities . COPD is unlikely at your age. An allergist, pulmonary doctor or your primary care doc can help you sort it out
Dr. David Huchton
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Could be allergy: What you are describing may well be a variant of allergy, with 'cough-variant asthma'. I would suggest a trial of over the counter allergy medicine such as Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec every night for 6 weeks, and over the counter Nasacort (triamcinolone) two puffs each nostril once daily for 6 weeks. If better, great. If not, see your regular doctor or an ENT specialist.

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