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A 23-year-old member asked:

how do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Many causes poss: There can be many causes of cough: sinus infection, allergy, bronchitis, pneumonia, acid reflux and more. It is hard to answer your question without a thorough examination and detailed history. If your cough is severe or persists an abnormally long time, see your md.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Physician Eval...: Often, your doctor can tell the difference by examining you, including listening to your lungs with a stethoscope while you breathe deeply. If your lungs are congested, there will be abnormal sounds over your lung fields. With sinus congestion, your lungs will sound normal (unless bronchospasm related to your sinuses is present..If so, wheezing will be heard!).

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A few days ago my throat felt "raw" like a scratchy feeling now my nose is stuffy yellow discharge, and my left glands hurt so bad!?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Infection: You have a respiratory/throat infection. Could be viral and could be bacterial best to see a doctor. Other options to help with symptoms include taing elderberry, gargling with salt water or half and half peroxide and mouthwash (do not drink- just gargle) and a warm cloth around neck to hep with lymph glands. Important to rule out strep throat as that will improve with antibiotics.

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