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Cough phlegm chest pain with fever?

Cough phlegm chest pain with fever?

See your doctor: You could have a pneumonia setting in. See your doctor for the appropriate evaluation. Get well soon. ...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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Whats sign of pneumonia, cough, wheeze or chest tightness?

Whats sign of pneumonia, cough, wheeze or chest tightness?

All of the above: Or none of them. There is nothing specific about the symptoms of pneumonia or, for that matter, nearly every other disease your doc has to diagnose and treat. Symptoms are common to many different disease and have to be viewed in context. Rarely, pneumonia can cause no symptoms, and only be seen on a cxr. Most will have some fever and cough. ...Read more

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Urgent:dry cough non productive causes chest wall pain no sob sometimes 4x a day no fever headache history-minimal lung collapse hbp hyperthyroidism?

Urgent:dry cough non productive causes chest wall pain no sob sometimes 4x a day no fever headache history-minimal lung collapse hbp hyperthyroidism?

Allergies: Dry cough self limiting over a few days most likely sec to bronchitis, or post nasal drip.If there is h/o hbp i presume hypertension, check out nedicines like ace, inhibitors causing cough. ...Read more

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Xray- no bronchitis. chronic asthma, severe congest., had a scratchy throat, burn in chest. steroids & nebulizer- little relief.

Xray- no bronchitis. chronic asthma, severe congest., had a scratchy throat, burn in chest. steroids & nebulizer- little relief.

Itchy throat: Your symptoms of itchy troay and difficulty brething may be due to gastroesophogeal reflux. Try using an antacid for relief ...Read more

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Treatment for cough?

Treatment for cough?

Depends: Treatment for cough depends on the underlying cause. For symptomatic releif, you can use cough medications otc but you should see a doctor to determine the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Bronchitis w/cough x2 weeks prescribed zpack not coughing but sob and mild chest spasms ER said pleurisy px albutrol but increases hr.Alternatives?

Bronchitis w/cough x2 weeks prescribed zpack not coughing but sob and mild chest spasms ER said pleurisy px  albutrol but increases hr.Alternatives?

Xopenex (levalbuterol): Lev-albuterol does not cause as much of an increase in heart rate, but is $$$. Can get your dr to write it for you / call it in w/rationale of "failed" albuterol due to rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Pleural effusion: It sounds like you are concerned you have a pleural effusion along with the pneumonia you were diagnosed with. A pleural effusion would have been seen on the chest xray taken if it was significant. If it has been a while since your chest xray and you have completed a course of treatment and you are still coughing or short of breath, then please see your doctor again for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Tickle in chest when breathing in, but no cough. Treated for allergies, asthma, and GERD, but symptoms are random. Chest Xray clear. Anxiety related?

Tickle in chest when breathing in, but no cough. Treated for allergies, asthma, and GERD, but symptoms are random. Chest Xray clear. Anxiety related?

Possibly: Glad your exams seem tto rule out major issues. Still, you want to relieve this. Before medication for anxiety, try CBT therapy to evaluate it. Combo w/ meds works better than meds alone if they're even needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a mild sore throat chest and neck pain when coughing drainage clearing throat tender chest shallow breathing. Diagnosis?

I have a mild sore throat chest and neck pain when coughing drainage clearing throat tender chest shallow breathing. Diagnosis?

Bronchitis Symptoms: Probably bronchitis. Many are viral and will resolve in 7-10 days. If cough becomes productive or fever above 100, i recommend a visit to your doctor to evaluate for possible antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Have cough and wheeze, xray clear I'm 28. Still wheezing.. Opinion?

Have cough and wheeze,  xray clear I'm 28. Still wheezing.. Opinion?

Probably asthma: See your lung doc ASAP. He will probably do pulmonary function testing and prescribe asthma inhalers. No reason to wait. Asthma can become a life threatening disease. ...Read more

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Chesty Cough, flu like symptoms, neck pain, breathlessness, off food, Wheezing, Chest pain and temps. HR of 138bpm Please help...

Chesty Cough, flu like symptoms, neck pain, breathlessness, off food, Wheezing, Chest pain and temps. HR of 138bpm Please help...

Get in.: If your heart rate is that high and you are having a hard time breathing, you need to bee seen to see if you have a pneumonia or any other treatable problem. You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) for your fever and drink some fluids, but it sound like you better get in to be seen right away. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week , clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week , clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Bronchitis: Maybe it is allergies. In ohio right now the weeds are a blooming so it might be an asthma/allergy exacerbation. I would hope your doctor has considered treating you. ...Read more

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No cough but shortness of breath, chest hurts not often?

No cough but shortness of breath, chest hurts not often?

Short of breath: Many possible causes for what you describe, no way to advise particulars with the limited information here. Should go see your doctor to find out if something is wrong and what to do. ...Read more

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Hyperinflated lung with normal pft smoker 32 yo chest and throat tightness slight shortness of breath when walking morning stiff nose cough phelgum

Hyperinflated lung with normal pft smoker 32 yo chest and throat tightness slight shortness of breath when walking morning stiff nose cough phelgum

PFT: If you were my patient i would consider a full pft including total lung capacity and dlco and/or a methacholine challenge test to determine is asthma or a different obstructive lung disease is present. ...Read more

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My "asthma* symptoms have never included a tickly cough until now. Ventolin relieves the cough. Can blue inhalers relieve coughs in non-asthmatics?

My "asthma* symptoms have never included a tickly cough until now. Ventolin relieves the cough. Can blue inhalers relieve coughs in non-asthmatics?

Possibly: Some people who developed a cough from a viral infection may benefit from an albuterol inhaler. However if you have asthma, you may need a controller drug such as an inhaled steroid for a chronic condition. instead of Ventolin. ...Read more

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Tb i had my skin test - redness 40 mm i will do the chest xray tomorrow ! but am i contagious ? What are the side effects of the treatment for TB ?

If you are: Coughing, you are able to spread the disease. They may try to culture to see for check for variants. Standard drugs are inh/ethambutol. Duration of therapy is long. Side effects not too troubling. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a chest cough and nothing else. what is it?

What to do if I have a chest cough and nothing else. what is it?

Cough: Difficult to tell without any information about you not even any medical conditions, medications or social history. It may be bronchitis, pneumonia, COPD, asthma etc. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 6months pregnant and I have a bad Chest Cough any suggestions to help with that.?

I'm 6months pregnant and I have a bad Chest Cough any suggestions to help with that.?

See your doctor: We always worry more in pregnancy so you should check with your doctor to be sure you don't need antibiotics. In the meantime, robitussin, mucinex,and tylenol (acetaminophen) are fine. Inhaling steam can help. Stay well hydrated and rest. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I went swimming in the ocean last week and came down with a deep chest cough the following day..Connected?

I went swimming in the ocean last week and came down with a deep chest cough the following day..Connected?

Could be but: Most of these resolve with some patience and time. If you have fever. Shortness or breath, wheezing or it does not resolve in two weeks then proceed to see your internist. In the meantime use an over the counter cough syrup. Good luck. ...Read more

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My left collarbone is in continuous pain and I have a chest cough which has been going on for about 4 days. Could it be fractured?

My left collarbone is in continuous pain and I have a chest cough which has been going on for about 4 days. Could it be fractured?

Certainly there is: the possibility of rib or collar bone fracture with extreme coughing but it is more likely to be muscle spasm or strain. Other potential diagnoses include pneumothorax so it would be reasonable to seek health care evaluation as the symptoms have been persistent for four days. A Chest X-ray will tell the story. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and pain in centre of chest, cough worse when sitting/lying down, pain dull and sharpens when cough/ breathe in deeply?

I have a dry cough and pain in centre of chest, cough worse when sitting/lying down, pain dull and sharpens when cough/ breathe in deeply?

Multiple causes: These symptoms may be due to a number of conditions. If you are having difficulty breathing, a physician appt is advised. The possible associated conditions include asthma, reflux with aspiration and pleural irritation. Avoid smoke and a virtual follow up appt available. . ...Read more

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My family has had a cough for over 3 weeks not going away came with slight fever at first.it's a deep chest cough with phlegm.worried bout my kids?

My family has had a cough for over 3 weeks not going away came with slight fever at first.it's a deep chest cough with phlegm.worried bout my kids?

Cough: if your family has a cough for three weeks, you need to see you doctor. The problem could be related to whooping cough, mycoplasma infection or asthma that needs special attention to ...Read more

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Could I have walking pneumonia? If so, can I be fine on my own or go to Dr.? Been feeling mucousy, also in the chest. Cough produces mostly nothing?

Could I have walking pneumonia? If so, can I be fine on my own or go to Dr.? Been feeling mucousy, also in the chest. Cough produces mostly nothing?

Mgt: It may be possible. I would advise checking your temperature and staying well hydrated. If the cough is worsening, prolonged or associated with a fever spike, please see your PCP on the same day. ...Read more

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Hv a very bad deep cough during wint. mos esp. every yr. My ribs and chest hurt. Hard to sleep. In physical dr never says anything is wrong. Am I ok?

Cold weather + lungs: Cold weather may irritate your lungs, specifically the upper airways called bronchi. It is a variant of asthma. In some people, as cold air rushes in on taking a breath, the irritation causes the bronchi to constrict, resulting in cough and even wheezing. Physical exam ( done at room temperature and at rest) is often normal. These reactive airways may improve with a trial of bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Have a cold 3 times in 3 mos, nonstop. Start w/swol tonsils, then deep chest cough. As soon as it gets better starts again. Go to the dr or wait?.

Have a cold  3 times in 3 mos, nonstop.  Start w/swol tonsils, then deep chest cough.  As soon as it gets better starts again.  Go to the dr or wait?.

See the doctor: You need to provide a full history, undergo a physical exam and perhaps some imaging and labs. This is not normal. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has a chest cough solution?

My 2 year old son has a chest cough solution?

Bronchodilator: If the cough is effective and the mucus clears easily from the lower airway nothing is needed. But, if the mucus seems to be difficult to clear there may be some bronchospasm and the child may be helped by using a bronchodilator such as albuteral. It can be delivered by using a nebulizer or and inhaler with a spacer. In some cases an inhaled steroid may be also beneficial. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a deep cough that hurts my chest. I have had bronchitis before should I be worried?

Possibly pneumonia: I have found that when people have a deep cough associated with pain on taking a deep breath they often times have pneumonia. You should be evaluated by a physician. If this has been a long-term problem then you definitely need to be evaluated as there are other causes. ...Read more

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I'm 16 years old and have a mild chest cough had it for about 7months+ now anything i can take to remove it?

I'm 16 years old and have a mild chest cough had it for about 7months+ now anything i can take to remove it?

See a doctor: Seven months is a long time to be coughing. It could be something as simple as allergies, but it could be asthma or a number of other things. Can't know without more info and an exam. ...Read more

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I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

Chest cough: It depends, have you have the cough for a while? Was the green mucus something new? You might have simple upper respiratory infection, however if not better or symptoms get worse then you should see your doctor. ...Read more