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Doctor insights on: Lower Respiratory Infection Cough And Pheghm Still After 2 Weeks

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Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

Cold: Colds and the flu are contagious by droplet and contact. Cough drops only treat symptoms not the cause. If you're cough is persistent see your doctor to make sure you do not have bronchitis. Important to hydrate ...Read more

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Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills. Should I see another dr?

Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills. Should I see another dr?

If you are worse: If cough medicine was prescribed the doctor is telling you that antibiotics will not be helpful for the virus you may have. If worsening symptoms however get rechecked. Good luck ...Read more

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I have a cough that produces phlem/mucus...Possible respiratory infection. Dr prescribed me kflex 500mg. Taken 3 so far in 24 hrs. Will it clear me up?

I have a cough that produces phlem/mucus...Possible respiratory infection. Dr prescribed me kflex 500mg. Taken 3 so far in 24 hrs. Will it clear me up?

Depends: You should probably not be taking antibiotics unless proven to have a treatable bacterial infection. In a non-smoker what you describe is likely to be viral unless shown to have infiltrates on chest x-ray (pneumonia). You will probably get better in 7 days with Keflex and in one week without it. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a respiratory infection contagious and are cough drops a permanent solution?

Please answer me. Is a respiratory infection contagious and are cough drops a permanent solution?

Yes and no: A respiratory infection is certainly contagious. It is usually caused by a virus and can be spread by oral secretions and droplets from coughing and sneezing. While cough drops help soothe your throat, they are in no way a cure, nor do they cut down the contagiousness. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough that will not go away no matter what I take and it is really bothering me what should I do? I had a upper respiratory infection 3 weeks ago all other parts of the infection went away but the cough I took some of the meds from the in

I have a bad cough that will not go away no matter what I take and it is really bothering me what should I do? I had a upper respiratory infection 3 weeks ago all other parts of the infection went away but the cough I took some of the meds from the in

First,: First, stay away from cigarette smoke. Drink lots of water, to help keep the mucous moist so that it can be expelled (at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day).Consider using an expectorant to help break up the mucuous and get it out of your system. ...Read more

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Had Upper Respiratory Infection since last Tuesday. How can I get rid of this nagging cough? What helps it go away faster?

Coughing: In the coarse of a typical cold, the cough will last about 3 weeks, improving the second week and just a morning residual cough the third week. If it is not following this and instead it is getting worse, see your doctor. Rest and fluids are the best treatment. ...Read more

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I went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave me was cough meds. I have a pack of tamiflu (oseltamivir). will that help?

I went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave me was cough meds. I have a pack of tamiflu (oseltamivir). will that help?

Would presume no.: I’d assume the doctor who examined you thought that this was not the flu. As such, Oseltamivir would likely provide you no benefit. ...Read more

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What is the best nasal medication for chronic cough? I am getting over an upper respiratory infection, I have little to no sputum and am not a smoker.

What is the best nasal medication for chronic cough? I am getting over an upper respiratory infection, I have little to no sputum and am not a smoker.

Nasal medication?: I am not aware of any nasal sprays specifically for cough. Coughs can occur because of "post-nasal drip" which is usually from sinus infection. These coughs may be relatively dry. You are already on an antihistamine and a nasal steroid. Nasal decongestants are habit forming and actually may worsen the problem. If cough is nonproductive and keeping you up at night, dextromethorphan/codeine helps. ...Read more

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I've had a deep whooping type cough for 2-3 months. Now upper respiratory infection with pain. What should I ask my doctor?

URI: Ask if you had adult pertussis (whooping cough), whether you may have had an atypical pathogen (mycoplasma, chlamydia, etc.), whether you now have a new infection and what it may be due to. It would also be a very good opportunity to stop smoking entirely. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I'm a respiratory infection for a few days now and besides the runny nose and head ache I am having a very annoying cough accompanied by chest pain.

I'm a respiratory infection for a few days now and besides the runny nose and head ache I am having a very annoying cough accompanied by chest pain.

Not just 1: Thing to do here. For a patient of mine I would suggest over-the-counter plain Claritin or zyrtec (not with the"d") for the runny nose. 100% avoidance of all (all) milk products. The chest pain is likely from the coughing. If not allergic to it depending on patient size I recommend 1-2 advil + 1 tylenol (acetaminophen) for a patient of mine. As you know, I cannot make such medical recommendations for you. ...Read more

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I have an acute upper respiratory infection according to the doctor. Why does my upper back and right shoulder hurts/sore when I cough?

I have an acute upper respiratory infection according to the doctor. Why does my upper back and right shoulder hurts/sore when I cough?

Chest muscles can: Easily become quite fatigued & soar from stabilizing your rib cage with recurring coughing. This is probably the most likely basis. Pleuritis, see: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/pleurisy is also a possibility & the list goes on & on. Study: https://www. Google. Com/#q=URI+chest+pain for additional ideas; yet caution to not let imagination/fears run away into rare, highly unlikely possibilities. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

Can be: All of the above, what you are describing sounds like a viral disease, which can be a cold, flu or upper respiratory infection, with all the symptoms noted. Rest, fluids, pain killers and salt water gargles, if no improvement, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Pediatrics: Any time you feel a 4 year old is getting worse the best course of action is to call the doctor, tell them what is going on and follow their directions. Hopefully she was seen by a pediatrician or an experienced family practitioner. If not, do that now. Better safe than sorry. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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How long could viral upper respiratory infection last?! It's been a week, still coughing a lot, sore throat, no voice : (

How long could viral upper respiratory infection last?! It's been a week, still coughing a lot, sore throat, no voice : (

Several weeks: The active infection can sometimes last 2 weeks, and the inflammation and cough can last longer than that in some cases. Hang in there, most people in your situation will be feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Whose more susceptible to getting lower respiratory tract infections?

Whose more susceptible to getting lower respiratory tract infections?

Chronic lung disease: Anyone with chronic lung disease, such as asthma, smokers, those with immune problems, and elderly people, are more at risk. ...Read more

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Can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Can viruses cause lower respiratory tract infections?

Yes: Certain viruses are the common causes of lower respiratory tract infection: respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and human metapneumovirus, also with some attention to rhinoviruses and some new viruses (human coronaviruses and bocavirus). ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Smith I have just finished taking Amoxicillin 500MG for a upper respiratory infection. I still having trouble breathing from time to time.

Hello Dr. Smith I have just finished taking Amoxicillin 500MG for a upper respiratory infection. I still having trouble breathing from time to time.

Is it getting worse?: If the antibiotic, decongestants and rest is not controlling your URI, and you can hear or feel wheezing, see your pediatrician to help open your airways and make sure the inflammation is controlled. ...Read more

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What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

Lower respiratory: Upper respiratory infections involve upper airways such as throat, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea as, nd bronchi. When the disease process in the bronchi, or bronchitis, continues, it could begin to involve lower airways in the lung tissues, which is then more advanced lower respiratory infections or pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

An infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and otitis media. Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, bronchiolitis, tracheitis and pneumonia. These infections can be caused by a ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more