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A 48-year-old male asked:

i have persistent cough that does not go away.

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
More needed: Would suggest keeping a log for the cough as far as diurnal variation, productive/ non-productive, fever, etc. From review of current meds, detailed history (log) and an exam your physician will be able to come up with a meaningful workup. A variety of conditions may account for your symptom otherwise.

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Could a persistent cough in a smoker be something to worry about?

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Persistent Cough?: Smoke; no smoke -persistent cough requires a closer look-see. Although a good reason to stop smoking, very wise to make sure there is no post nasal drip, small polyp or allergen that might be causing the problem. Even nervous tics, stress signs can cause irritation.
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A 41-year-old male asked:

Is cphen effective for treating persistent cough in my 5year old?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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If Dr. is monitoring: Cough and cold medicines are no longer used for younger children (partly due to government recommendations a few years ago). However, a school-aged child with an ongoing relationship with his doctor, who can monitor his progress on cough and cold medicines, may use such medicines. C-phen has a sedating antihistamine (chlorpheniramine), a decongestant (phenylephrine), and a cough suppressant (dm).
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can I treat a very persistent cough? I think is allergic cause it begins in october and left in march, but no medicine helps me. Thx

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Define it: The best first step is to see an allergist. Finding how if and to what you're allergic is the best way to start; simply trying med after med can be frustrating. Your allergist, possibly with the help of an ENT or pulmonary physician, can help figure this out if it turns out that you're truly not allergic.
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Probably not in the short term, but that can definitely happen over time. Good luck!
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes persistent cough for a couple weeks?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Bronchitis...: Acute bronchitis can result in a cough which lasts for this duration. There can be associated bronchospasm which can cause the cough to increase even when the other symptoms are resolving. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can also cause a long-lasting cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment, especially if the cough is worsening.
A 39-year-old female asked:

My husband has a persistent cough my husband has been coughing every night and morning for about 2 weeks now. He is a smoker, but this cough is different then his normal morning hack. He recently started substituting the ecigarette for about 1/2 of his

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hello. : Hello. If your husband has been a smoker, the toxins could have paralysed the cilia that beat bacteria, virus and "junk" out of his lungs, sinuses and nose. Cilia are like motile whips that move things out of the body. If there is less of the tobacco toxin going into his body, the cilia may be motile again and working double time to remove toxins from his body. This could be his body working to detoxify him, now that it is finally able to. He needs to remain hydrated and should drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day, to help expell this material. Take care.

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