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Was diagnosed with a sinus infection 6mo ago, been on 5 antibiotics, refuses to go away, coughing up phlegm, few times nasty white chunks.What is this?

Was diagnosed with a sinus infection 6mo ago, been on 5 antibiotics, refuses to go away, coughing up phlegm, few times nasty white chunks.What is this?

Chronic Sinusitis: Hello. This sounds like a chronic infection has set in with recurring acute episodes needing antibiotics. See your doctor. A ct scan will help identify the severity of the problem. A fungal infection could be present, allergy linked sinusitis or a mechanical problem with your anatomy could be causing your infections. Saline irrigations could help too. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I'm 5 weeks pregnant have tonsillitis for 3 days on antibiotics amoxicillin and now coughing up bloody phlegm but it's very hard to bring up, normal?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant have tonsillitis for 3 days on antibiotics amoxicillin and now coughing up bloody phlegm but it's very hard to bring up, normal?

More info: Coughing up bloody sputum is often cause for concern, but the most common cause is simply bronchitis. If you're having other symptoms, or the blood persists or worsens, I'd revisit your doctor. At a minimum, I would discuss this with the person who prescribed your antibiotics, as they're the only one with your complete clinical picture. ...Read more

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What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

See doctor: Since there are many causes for a chronic cough (lasting more than 3 monrh? ) one needs to establish the cause before treating it. Antibiotic does not help a viral infection and its overuse has created MRSA. If you have a persistent fever, you may need to get a bronchoscopy. Since most chronic coughs are caused by more than a single factor, I suggest that you consult an allergist or pulmonologi ...Read more

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Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic.Still have 101 fever,severe cough w/phlegm,chest/back pain.Is this normal?

Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic.Still have 101 fever,severe cough w/phlegm,chest/back pain.Is this normal?

Not normal : It sounds like you need a re-evaluation to make sure a complicating feature to this infection isn't at play or that there isn't an alternative diagnosis beyond just an uncomplicated pneumonia. ...Read more

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I just taken one ciprofloxacin for flu and cough with yellow phlegm by doctor . Can i stop , know antibiotic dun not treat flu..

I just taken one ciprofloxacin for flu and cough with yellow  phlegm by doctor . Can i stop , know antibiotic dun not treat flu..

Ask your own doctor: You need to ask the doctor who prescribed the med. If you do have documented influenza, the antibiotic will not help. However, it may help an acute bronchitis. ...Read more

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Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?

Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?

Highly unlikely: This does not sound like a bacterial infection. It is probably just "airway cleaning". But regular bronchodilators should help. Have them prescribed by your lung doc, after an examination. ...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


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