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Bronx, NY
A 30-year-old female asked:

For 10 days i had a bad cough w yellow mucus, sore throat & ear pain. this happened after my antibiotic treatment for ear/sinus infection. can't sleep?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: With your description, this is likely viral in nature. Abx are way overused in our society and according to the infectious disease society of america, 98% of all sinusitis is viral and does not need abx. Ear infx are also often viral and the pain you are feeling is due to the fluid behind the ear drum. Also, yellow or green mucous is non-specific and does not always mean bacterial. Tx yr symps.
Dr. Florence Nwofor
Specializes in Pediatrics
Given the nocturnal predilection of the cough after an infectious process it might be prudent to follow up with your doctor to consider the possibility of a very reactive airway. It is important to know if your cough is also aggravated with activity especially when outdoors. Take care.
Apr 12, 2016

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