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On pen vk 1000mg bid since thurs for strep and sunusitis. Now cough with chunky yellow-green sputum. Need recheck?

On pen vk 1000mg bid since thurs for strep and sunusitis. Now cough with chunky yellow-green sputum. Need recheck?

Other bacteria: If you know that you have strep and are on an adequate dose of penicillin, then one of two possibilities exist. 1.) you have a viral infection and the antibiotic is not helpful and 2.) there are other bacteria in your respiratory tract that are not sensitive to penicillin. Get a throat culture and determine what bacteria, if any, are present and a sensitivity to determine the correct antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to cough one time when you wake up followed by some thick white sputum? I sleep with air conditoner in room and fan

Is it unusual to cough one time when you wake up followed by some thick white sputum? I sleep with air conditoner in room and fan

Yes: Many people will have post-nasal drainage while sleeping that can collect in the back of the throat. When you awake, the first thing your bodt wants to do with that sensation is to clear it out. ...Read more

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I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months.  What's wrong with me?

Chronic cough: Cough and wheezing are symptoms of asthma. These symptoms can follow influenza or other chest infection. Other less common conditions can also cause these respiratory symptoms. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can review the symptoms, take a chest x-ray, sputum sample, lung function test and possibly other lab tests to accurately diagnose your problem and treat correctly. ...Read more

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Lately when. Im going to bed. I've noticed. A thick. White. Sputum that collects at the back of my throat. Wakes me..cuz i stop breathing. ( brefly).

Lately when. Im going to bed. I've noticed. A thick. White. Sputum that collects at the back of my throat. Wakes me..cuz i stop breathing. ( brefly).

Post nasal drip: The nose normally produces mucus, which traps substances like dust, pollen, pollution, and germs such as bacteria and viruses. Mucus flows from the front of the nose and drains down the back of the throat. When mucus production is excessive, it can flow from the front, as a runny nose, or become noticeable from the back, as post-nasal drip. ...Read more

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For about 2 weeks I have hada "choking cough" where I can't breath AT ALL. Sometimes productive with clear thick sputum. could this be whooping cough?

For about 2 weeks I have hada "choking cough" where I can't breath AT ALL. Sometimes productive with clear thick sputum. could this be whooping cough?

Needs checking: Whooping cough can be contracted by young adults like your age due to waning immunity by this time from primary immunization many years ago. Signs of whooping cough are similar and due to its contagious nature, especially to vulnerable populations of the young and the elderly, you should see your doctor sooner to get it checked and be treated. ...Read more

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Hi .... 1 year ago i was diagnosed with tuberculosis with skin test.. i took medicine for 9 months.. recently i was having cold for few weeks n getting thick sputum while brushing ... and mild sharp pain at right side of chest sometyms not regularly.recen

Hi .... 1 year ago i was diagnosed with tuberculosis with skin test.. i took medicine for 9 months.. recently i was having cold for few weeks n getting thick sputum while brushing ... and mild sharp pain at right side of chest sometyms not regularly.recen

Not TB: This sounds like a chest cold, not TB. Your positive skin test reflects exposure only, not active disease, and you were adequately treated. See your physician only if this persists or is obviously getting worse ...Read more