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I have a cough with phlegm, Sore throat, Ear pain and swollen tonsils with small white spots on the back of my tongue. What could it be?

I have a cough with phlegm, Sore throat, Ear pain and swollen tonsils with small white spots on the back of my tongue. What could it be?

Infection: The symptoms you describe are associated with either a viral or a bacterial throat infection, possibly strep throat. The only way to know for sure is to do a throat culture or a related test. Best to see your doctor if you are not better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Very sore chest and back. Coughing up phlegm occasionally. No sore throat or other symptoms. ?

Very sore chest and back. Coughing up phlegm occasionally. No sore throat or other symptoms. ?

See a doc: Any cough lasting more than a week and especially one associated with symptoms (chest pain) should be worked up for possible pneumonia. An exam and CXR seem to be in order. ...Read more

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Deep cough, green phlegm, nasal congestion and sore throat. My body aches but i don't have a fever. How long should I wait to see my pcp?

Deep cough, green phlegm, nasal congestion and sore throat. My body aches but i don't have a fever. How long should I wait to see my pcp?

Sinusitis?: You may be dealing with a sinus infection. If you are not improving, you should notify your pcp. You may need antibiotics. The aching without fever often goes with sinus infection. In the meantime, you can try rinsing your sinuses with sterile water and premix packets of neti pot. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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I'm sick with a really bad phlegm cough and a sore throat and when i cough it hurt around my right kidney. What could this mean?

I'm sick with a really bad phlegm cough and a sore throat and when i cough it hurt around my right kidney. What could this mean?

Cough : Since you are on Imuran (azathioprine) which suppresses the immunity, i would highly recommend having a chest x ray to exclude pneumonia. The pain in your right flank is mostly muscular related to severe cough. ...Read more

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For 4.5 weeks have had: asthma attacks no reason, headache, naseau, chest and back pain, pale face lips nails, congestion, phlegm, cough sore throat?

For 4.5 weeks have had: asthma attacks no reason, headache, naseau, chest and back pain, pale face lips nails, congestion, phlegm, cough sore throat?

Infection: You should visit your doctor as soon as possible. It sounds like you might have an infection and if it has been going on for so long you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat for a few days now. Don't know what it could be? Last wednesday i felt a scratchy sensation in my throat. Didn't think too much of it. Woke up thursday morning coughing up dark brown phlegm with a sore throat. It's been five days now

I have a sore throat for a few days now. Don't know what it could be? Last wednesday i felt a scratchy sensation in my throat. Didn't think too much of it. Woke up thursday morning coughing up dark brown phlegm with a sore throat. It's been five days now

Many : Many sore throats will last 7-10 days. Viral infections will resolve on their own. Bacterial infections may need an antibiotic00strep throat needs an antibiotic or there may be risk of complications down the road (kidney, heart). Given your smoking history, i would not wait much longer than that before getting a full evaluation. You are at an increased risk of oral/throat/larynx cancer. ...Read more

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I've had a cough w/ a bunch of phlegm for 2 mth. This sometimes happens after a sore throat but usually it goes away in a wk. Still ok to wait it out?

I've had a cough w/ a bunch of phlegm for 2 mth. This sometimes happens after a sore throat but usually it goes away in a wk. Still ok to wait it out?

Cough with phlegm: May be post nasal drip, reflux, food intolerance(milk,gluten/soy) irritating sinuses when asleep ( head is low andreflux like a tide moves up to mouth /sinus), may be mycoplasma infection-consider Z pk(zithromax if not allergic) may get rid of the cough. Can try ranitidine,( reflux)l Zyrtec, and elevating head of bed at night and see if that helps. F/u with doctor urgent care ...Read more

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


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more