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A 36-year-old male asked:

i have been coughing since december, i went to see gp in january didn't get better and continue buying over counter medication, beginning of february it got better but now i started coughing again?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Cough: You need another exam with if thought necessary, chest x-ray and sputum culture. Good Luck
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Chest doctor: Any cough lasting longer than 2 weeks needs to be evaluated by a doctor, preferably a pulmonologist. It is imperative that tuberculosis be excluded.

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