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Cough Getting Worse
Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit. ...Read more
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
That is possible: Depending on when in the course of illness you are at. ...Read more
Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping, ?
Allergy?: These symptoms may represent allergy. You probably should be evaluated for allergy since the treatment is different and antibiotics are not indicated. See your doctor again! ...Read more
My two yr old has had cough for two weeks and for last 3 days had mild diarrhoea, vomiting and cough getting worse. Going to dr 2morow. What is wrong?
Viral illness: 2 years old child with cough for 2 weeks also vomiting and diarrhea and no fever. This points to a viral bronchiolitis which typically begins with URI symtoms and then lower tract sign and symtoms. Your child should be rehydrated immediately by small amount of pedialyte repeatedly. Call his doctor or take him to ER if he shows sign of dehydration (fast heart rate, dry mucosa, dry diaper etc...) ...Read more
My 4mth old son has had a runny nose and cough for a week. Been taking medicine. Cough getting worse. What could it be?
What medicines??: There are NO cough/cold medicines approved for babies as young as yours. Please see your pediatrician ASAP for evaluation and to discuss appropriate interventions for a 4 month old. Saline nasal drops with bulb suctioning, cool mist humidifier in the baby's room are the usual starting points for managing a cold. If that is not adequate then further assessment by your child's doctor is required. ...Read more
I have been coughing for a few weeks - this time a year I get allergies but those symptoms have subdued but the cough is getting worse?
Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?
Possibilities...: Possible causes of a cough that worsens when you lie down include gerd or post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. Bronchospasm is another cause of chronic cough. These all have different treatments so see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and then treated. ...Read more
5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.
Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist. In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more
Diagnosed with sinusitis and prescribed antibiotics. Been taking for 4 days now and developed a cough that's getting worse. Why is this?
Cough on antibiotics: It may be a viral infection, in which case the antibiotic won't work. Could be the wrong antibiotic and ineffective for the bacteria you have (e.g. amoxicillin for beta-lactamase containing Haemophilus bacteria). Underlying asthma or COPD can flare up with the infection. You could also have progression of your infection to bronchitis or pneumonia. Some feel better but have drainage that persists. ...Read more
My grandad is 93 and has had a cold for 2 1/2 weeks but the cough is getting worse and he has had 4 strokes in the last year. Is this a cough or more?
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I have a cough that get worse at night and I have been loosing breath. I also make a bad sound when I inhale?
Dear sir, my wife (29 years) is having dry cough since 6 months. While coughing she is having tears in eyes. This cough is getting worse in nights?
Many Reasons: Possible causes for a persistent cough include lung and/or sinus infection, asthma or emphysema, acid reflux, allergies (food such as milk or environmental such as chemicals or pollen), and/or heart disease. Each of these causes have different treatments. Please see your doctor until cause of coughing is determined. ...Read more
Hi I've went to the doctor on Sunday last week and the doctor put me on agmentin 4000mg I'm feeling a little better but now my cough is getting worse and thoart is on fire...when I take the medicine I feel almost high in a way is this normal to happen...i
Finish the course: We don't know what your doctor is treating you for. But I will suggest you finish the full course prescribed for you and if still not better than follow up with your doctor ...Read more
Cough is getting worse. Can they test for pertussis now even though she's not coughing very heavily?
Yes: Specimen obtained from nasopharyngeal swab is often sent to a special lab to culture or to do pcr test. ...Read more
Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse?
My cough! It's getting worse. I took so many medicines including keflex, softin and some syrups though, recommended by my doc. Still it's there.
Went to doc on Sat diagnosed me with flu, no tests given. I was given Tamiflu (oseltamivir) but my cough is getting worse and the phlegm is very dark green.?
I have had an itching throat for slightly more than a week which causes me to cough a lot. The cough is getting worse daily. What do you think it is?
Woke up feel breathing through straw-going on day 6-cough/chest getting worse. Prednisone, zithromax, cheritussin, sudafed, deconex dmx-no help. Clean xray?
Pulmonary doctor: You need to be more thoroughly evaluated. Tossing multiple medications on this in an attempt to see if something works is only one way to approach this. A pulmonary specialist will probably get to the root of this. ...Read more
My daughter is already taking amoxicillin for her sore throat but her cough is getting worse (maybe due to the drainage occurring). Is it ok to give Delsym along with the amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin/Delsym: It is OK to give those two medications together. There is no interaction between the two of them. In fact, they are complementary in helping to treat your child’s condition. However, I will state that there is not a lot of evidence that over-the-counter cold remedies help young children very much. ...Read more
5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.
ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Most probably not. It is a short attack of dry coughing episodes which can be viral or allergic in nature. ...Read more
Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.
My daughter has seen her doctor had chest x rays they put her on steriods but the coughing is getting worse what can I do for her?
See doctor again: If she was given steroids, her doctor probably thinks her cough is due to bronchospasm. But, there are other possibilities including gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of etiologies. If her cough is multi-factorial, she will continue to cough until all etiologies are treated. So, she should return to her doctor so she can be reevaluated and treated. She may require additional testing. ...Read more
Many reasons: Most likely due to humidity, position, temperature changes; can be d/t environment changes (@ home not work) and allergens present; can be meds wearing off from earlier in day. Should discuss w/your dr to see how to best manage symptoms. ...Read more
I have inflamed lungs and chronic coughing. I have had bad lungs for years, but my cough has been getting worse (especially in the cold) what can I do?
Chronic cough: You need to be evaluated by a pulmonologist or allergist to determine what your problem is. ...Read more