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After antibiotics for cough had sorethroat colds fever cough again.Now no more colds fever sorethroat but cough still lingering, do I need antibiotics?

After antibiotics for cough had sorethroat colds fever cough again.Now no more colds fever sorethroat but cough still lingering, do I need antibiotics?

Probably not . : Your cough might just be drainage from the back of your throat due to allergies , the cold weather, ; viruses .You may want to try any allergy medicines with expectorant if you need to thin out your mucus . Drink plenty of warm liquids, honey with tea, chicken broth , warm chocolate drinks , coffee etc.If you develop fever and your condition worsened, time to go back to your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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What is the most effective antibiotic for cold&cough with reasonable cost?Thanx.

What is the most effective antibiotic for cold&cough with reasonable cost?Thanx.

Antibiotics: As most coughs and colds are viral, no antibiotic is indicated since antibiotics don't affect viruses. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has this intermittent painful lump behind her rt ear, at the base of her jaw.Took antibiotics but came back.No cough & colds, no drainage.

My 3yr old has this intermittent painful lump behind her rt ear, at the base of her jaw.Took antibiotics but came back.No cough & colds, no drainage.

Rule out dental: If she had this issue resolve a bit with antibiotics and then it came back then take her to a dentist or pediatric dentist to rule out oral infection. Once that has been ruled out and the lump is still there then take her to a pediatrician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have currently cough and colds, may i ask what type of antibiotic i need to take? thank you.

Seasonal flu...: you most likely have a seasonal flu caused by a virus. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Get plenty of rest, keep fluid intake up, NSAID's for fever/aches. ...Read more

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Im currently having cough and colds right now, can i ask what is the best antibiotic i need to take? Thank you.

Im currently having cough and colds right now, can i ask what is the best antibiotic i need to take? Thank you.

Upper respiratory: Many of our colds are viral infections and antibiotics will not help at all. Rest, ibuprofen, decongestants and plenty of fluid help most, along with time. If yo truly have a bacterial infection, the penicillin class or cephalosporin class are first line treatments, followed by macrolides like clarithromycin and azithromycin. ...Read more

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Reverting to my message with the cough coming back, it is possible to get another cold in 1 day after she finished her antibiotics?

Yes: Cough is a symptom and can come back after finishing antibiotics. Take some over the counter cough suppressant, e.G Robitussin dm/ Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm to alleviate your symptom. Any lingering symptom, talk to your dr again and mention the possibilities of asthma, reactive airway disease, acid reflux, and having a chest xray. Take care! ...Read more

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I am finishing a course of antibiotics. It has been a week and I don't feel any more cold sypmtoms but I still have a cough. The constant cough produces mucus.

I am finishing a course of antibiotics. It has been a week and I don't feel any more cold sypmtoms but I still have a cough. The constant cough produces mucus.

Follow up with MD: generally antibiotics not for cold (viral), but for bacteria that can arise in setting of cold. Mucus production can be in setting of either, but green or dark yellow mucus suggests possible bacterial infection. See your MD for followup if prolonged, shortness breath, hi fever, blood in sputum, nausea/vomit, and other red flags beyond a lingering cold. I assume no history of asthma or smoking. ...Read more

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Why does my 3.5 year old keep getting colds, cough specially during winters. In 4 months she has been on antibiotics 3 times. How to prevent this.

Why does my 3.5 year old keep getting colds, cough specially during winters. In 4 months she has been on antibiotics 3 times. How to prevent this.

Recurring URI: Young children often get ill by being exposed to other children, who carry different viruses. Also, during the winter, when heat is on, there is a problem with humidification of inspired air ()which is lacking that may lead to illness. Most disturbing is the fact that most of these illnesses are viral in nature, which do not require nor respond to antibiotics. Ask pediatrician for a specialist. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more