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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Overview)

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 that brings up mucus.


Dr. Katharine Garnier
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can polysinusitis cause cough and temperature for the long time (longer than one month)?

Can polysinusitis cause cough and temperature for the long time (longer than one month)?

Unlikely: To be considered a temperature is needs to be over 100.5, if you have had a fever for more than a month, you need to be seen by a physician, and reevaluated if you have already seen one. Pansinusitis, especially if treated, should not cause a fever for this long. You need a thorough work up for other possible causes of your fever. Coughing from it for that long is possible, but not a fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,231 doctors shared insights

Cough (Overview)

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 that brings up mucus.


Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

Lots of things : Chronic bronchitis? Bronchiectasis? The answer depends on your age, medical history, tobacco use, duration of symptoms, and so on. This is why doctors need to do a history, physical exam, and occasionally other tests to take care of many of your questions. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Managing a Child with Whooping Cough

Treat early with antibiotics if diagnosed with whooping cough. ...See more

Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Dr. Morton Levitt
Board Certified, Pathology
43 years in practice
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What is the best way to treat cough. Been taking more of the drug to no avail. Like (( selgon, alveolin-p, toplexil)) ?

What is the best way to treat cough. Been taking more of the drug to no avail. Like (( selgon, alveolin-p, toplexil)) ?

Treating Coughs : Most self-limited "colds" that feature coughs will clear on their own regardless of which cough medicine you use. If you have a more serious viral or bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe more potent prescription cough mixtures and possibly antibiotics to clear the offending agent. For a cough tht lasts more than 10 days to 2 weeks, see your doctor, especially if you have fever, fatigue. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Canapari
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What is the best way to treat a cough? And body pains?

What is the best way to treat a cough? And body pains?

Depends on the cough: If you have an underlying medical issue like asthma and emphysema, speak to your doctor about this. If you have a cold a teaspoon of honey is as effective as many over the counter remedies. If you have fevers >102 of cough for more than 10 days, see your doctor. Finally, for muscle pain, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Managing a Child with Whooping Cough

If a child in the home has whooping cough, make sure EVERYONE around the child is vaccinated. ...See more

Dr. Mark Gujer
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
20 years in practice
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Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good. ?

Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild.  I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good. ?

Most likely: It depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia required and if your lungs sound clear now. You say you feel well so that's a good sign that it should be alright. Keep taking your inhalers as prescribed and call the surgery center or your doctor with any worsening symptoms. Good luck. Oh, stop smoking if you do. :). ...Read more

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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How effective is zyrtec syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

How effective is zyrtec syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

Toddler cough : Hello, zyrtec is an antihistamine that may help with allergic disease. It will also help dry up excessive watery drainage. If your child has a cough linked to an allergic condition or possibly asthma, then zyrtec may be very helpful. Check with your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Don ' t forget to get immunized . Do give supportive treatment and make your child comfortable. ...See more

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