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Had cold: fever, sinus pressure, headache, runny nose. Now still coughing for 1.5 months w mucous. Viral or bacterial infect? Need antibiotics? Which?

Had cold: fever, sinus pressure, headache, runny nose. Now still coughing for 1.5 months w mucous. Viral or bacterial infect? Need antibiotics? Which?

See your doc: A lingering cough after an urti can mean a sinus infection or reactive airways, such as asthma. You need to see your doctor to determine what the problem is. An antibiotic should help if there is a sinus infection but will not help if it is asthma. ...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


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How can I tell if a productive cough is viral or bacterial? Signs?

How can I tell if a productive cough is viral or bacterial? Signs?

Culture: The only way to tell for sure is by culture of your blood or phlegm and even that is less than perfect. ...Read more

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12 y/o boy t: up to 103 x 3 days. T:> in the pm on day 3. H.A., nasal congestion, chest cough is it viral? Or should he be seen to r/o bacterial?

Flu or strep: He should be seen-- he may have strep which needs treatment. He could also have the flu which is not always treated. He could also have pneumonia. Have him seen today or tomrorrow. ...Read more

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29yo. Woke up yesterday with a cough produces smll amt of phlegm high fever up to 103.7- no runny nose, sore legs. Viral? Bacterial? What could it be?

29yo. Woke up yesterday with a cough produces smll amt of phlegm high fever up to 103.7- no runny nose, sore legs. Viral? Bacterial? What could it be?

Flu?: As there is a flu epidemic going on, the best bet would be flu. See your doctor to get you an anti-flu medication if the symptoms have been present for less than 48 hrs. ...Read more

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Coughing (sounds dry?) For about 5 months now. Age 18, white phlegm turning green past few days, bacterial/viral? Cancer? (rarely smoke)

Coughing (sounds dry?) For about 5 months now. Age 18, white phlegm turning green past few days, bacterial/viral? Cancer? (rarely smoke)

Need more info: It is not likely to be cancer. However, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without further history, physical examination, and may imaging and lab tests. Cough for five months warrants seeing your doctor. ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more