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I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now ?

I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now 
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Tonsillitis?: 17 F from UK: I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now? ANS: you may have regrown some tonsillar tissue. Show to your health care team and ask them what it is. ...Read more

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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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How do i get rid of my cough instantly?

How do i get rid of my cough instantly?

Silly question: You first have to figure out what the cause is. That could be that is being generated in the lungs from an infection or asthma or a habit cough or an allergy to something in your environment. Or it could be that you have a cough due to a post-nasal drip. Once you sit down with your physician and explore the many possible causes (and these were not all) a solution can be devised just for you. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies that will help get rid of my cough?

What are some home remedies that will help get rid of my cough?

Remedies: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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I have a cough where a little bit of phlegm comes out. How can I get rid of my cough before my basketball game tomorrow?

I have a cough where a little bit of phlegm comes out. How can I get rid of my cough before my basketball game tomorrow?

Depends: It depends how long you have had that cough. If it related to a recent cold, then any over the counter cough medicine should help a bit. If you have had this cough for a while and it worsens with exercise, you may have asthma. Talk to your doctor about your cough. ...Read more

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I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?

I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?

Coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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What are the ways to make my voice come back & to get rid of my cough faster?

What are the ways to make my voice come back & to get rid of my cough faster?

Hoarseness: Voice rest is probably the most important thing you can do, but salt water gargles often help too. If you are a professional voice user, and your voice is coming back slowly, see an ENT who can try medications to decrease swelling faster. Feel better. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been sick for over a month! help! I need something to get rid of my cough and runny nose.?

What to do if I have been sick for over a month! help! I need something to get rid of my cough and runny nose.?

See doctor: I would go to an urgent care or your doctor at this point. You may have developed bronchitis or sinusitis and require an antibiotic. In the meantime I would use sudafed, ibuprofen and Mucinex (guaifenesin) OTC to help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a really annoying cough, can't get rid of it!?

I have a really annoying cough, can't get rid of it!?

Need diagnosis...: If your cough has been present for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely due to bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problem or a combination of factors. If the cough is present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely due to acute bronchitis, either bacterial or viral. For your cough to be diagnosed and then treated, you need to see your doctor. If you smoke, you need to quit! ...Read more

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I've had this bad cough i can't get rid of.?

I've had this bad cough i can't get rid of.?

Chronic Cough: See your doctor... Quick solutions can stop your cough almost overnight - why suffer. In addition they can diagnose and treat other, more chronic conditions that cause coughing... Allergies, pneumonia, sinus infections, asthma, gerd, tb, etc. ...Read more

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I can't get rid of this bad cough. Please help?

I can't get rid of this bad cough. Please help?

Severe cough: Severe coughing can be related to many causes including infections, asthma, foreign body in the lungs or esophagus, heart failure, tumor, acid reflux, sinus or allergy issues. For a person to provide helpful treatment, it will be key to know the "cause." a lung specialist such as allergist or pulmonologist can help identify the trigger, so the treatment can be specific. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough I can't get rid of, what can it be?

I have a bad cough I can't get rid of, what can it be?

Depends...: It depends on how long you have been coughing but in general possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Acute bronchitis can be the diagnosis if the cough is present for a few days to a week or 2. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease inflammation. Your doctor can help make diagnosis and w/smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Help, I can't get rid of this cough even with cough syrup?

Help, I can't get rid of this cough even with cough syrup?

Mgt: Your PCP will probably order a chest radiograph and TB skin test, along with pulmonary function testing to determine the underlying cause. I agree there are many possible causes. If the cough is wet or productive, this increases the likelihood of an infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean when can't get rid of persistent cough?

What  does it mean when can't get rid of persistent cough?

Treatment...: Treatment of a persistent cough depends on the etiologies and, there may be several etiologies present, all of which need to be treated to resolve the cough. Possible etiologies of the cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You may need testing to diagnose this cough. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read more

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Chesty cough can't get rid of after a cold any idea what i could take apart from cough medicine.

Chesty cough can't get rid of after a cold any idea what i could take apart from cough medicine.

See below: Unfortunately post viral coughs can last for weeks. I've found the best thing is Chestal with honey. You can find it on Amazon if you don't have it there in the UK. A throat spray like chloraseptic works for short periods too. But, really, you just have to give it time - a lot of time. ...Read more

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I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. what can I do?

I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. what can I do?

Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more