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I've got had a cough for three weeks. Help please?

I've got had a cough for three weeks.  Help please?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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What should I do if I have had a cough for three weeks?

What should I do if I have had a cough for three weeks?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Dry coughs are just as common as wet coughs. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm coughing for three weeks and it's getting worse .my chest is conjested and the worse part is when I cough I can't control myself due to delivery.

I'm coughing for three weeks and it's getting worse .my chest is conjested and the worse part is when I cough I can't control myself due to delivery.

See doctor: There are many causes of a cough like yours and thus it is essential that you contact your doctor. I guess that you are about to deliver a baby making it even more important that you get checked out. Asthma, pneumonia. sinusitis, acid reflux are just a few potential causes. ...Read more

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Chronic cough for three weeks and no relief with cough meds. What could it be?

GERD, sinus drainage: Sinus drainage from allergies or infection, heartburn and certain respiratory infections can all cause chronic cough. Please see a doctor if you have had a cough for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for three weeks now and have been taking otc cough medicine but have just been prescribed topamax (topiramate) for weight. Can I mix the two?

I have had a cough for three weeks now and have been taking otc cough medicine but have just been prescribed topamax (topiramate) for weight. Can I mix the two?

No reports: Different OTC cough meds are different, but robitussin cold/flu is a safe mix. You don't say how obese you are, but there are reasons to be concerned about Topamax (topiramate) for this purpose. Talk to the Dr about the safety - especially if you hope to have children. Consider the full range of weight control strategies and include the safety risks that matter. ...Read more

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Hi there I have had flu with a real chesty cough for three weeks now I have developed pain on the outer side of my left breast worsens on deep breath?

Hi there I have had flu with a real chesty cough for three weeks now I have developed pain on the outer side of my left breast worsens on deep breath?

Pleuritic Pain: Could be from ongoing lung injury or inflammition of the surface of the lung. You may have fractured a rib from coughing, but that is unlikely. If this pain persists you need to see your doctor who will probably order an x-ray if your symptoms continue. Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea should hasten your visit. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?

I have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?

Persistent coughing: Hi Marilyn, Since your cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it needs to be evaluated. A physician should listen to your lungs with a stethescope and examine your ears and throat. A lung or bronchial infection, new onset asthma or sinus drainage are just three possible causes for a persistent cough. ...Read more

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I was having cough for three weeks so advised chest X-ray , which showed cyst in diaphragm. Further i got cat scan but it was clean. What should I do.

I was having cough for three weeks so advised chest X-ray , which showed cyst in diaphragm. Further i got cat scan but it was clean. What should I do.

What does Doc say?: Please discuss this with your physician. There may have been a lucent area near your diaphragm, sometimes called a lung cyst, bleb or bulla. Without the x-ray it is hard to know. If definitely benign or stable when compared to an old x-ray, further workup may not be necessary. However, if there are any symptoms or concerns, chest ct is more sensitive, specific and accurate than chest x-ray. ...Read more

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13yr old son , croupy cough for three weeks also has mucous on amox/clav, prednisone, Bromfed dm, xopenex (levalbuterol) but no major improvemnet can this be pnemoni ?

13yr old son , croupy cough for three weeks  also has mucous on amox/clav, prednisone, Bromfed dm, xopenex (levalbuterol)  but no major improvemnet can this be pnemoni
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Unlikely: The fact that the cough is croupy indicates that the vocal cords are involved. However, given the lack of response to a multitude of treatments makes me wonder if the cough could be whooping cough. Obviously your son has seen a physician, but i would suggest the possibility of whooping cough. The diagnosis can be made by checking pertussis antibody titers. ...Read more

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