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Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold? It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold?  It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Could be allergies: Swollen nasal passages often occur with allergies, and drainage can go down the back of your throat causing you to cough up phlegm. Try a steroid nasal spray like Flonase (now available over the counter) plus an antihistamine like loratadine. If still no improvement in 3-4 days, get checked out! ...Read more

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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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I have a cough and phlegm and stuffy nose that seems to not go away it's been a week and 2 days. Is there any home remedies I can do to make it go away?

I have a cough and phlegm and stuffy nose that seems to not go away it's been a week and 2 days. Is there any home remedies I can do to make it go away?

Mgt: Usually viral illnesses resolve by day 10-11. I would advise rest and hydration. If you continue to have symptoms at around day 21, a follow up appt for possible sinusitis. If you develop high fever, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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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
Once
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Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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My family has had a cough for over 3 weeks not going away came with slight fever at first.it's a deep chest cough with phlegm.worried bout my kids?

My family has had a cough for over 3 weeks not going away came with slight fever at first.it's a deep chest cough with phlegm.worried bout my kids?

Cough: if your family has a cough for three weeks, you need to see you doctor. The problem could be related to whooping cough, mycoplasma infection or asthma that needs special attention to ...Read more

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Blood in phlegm only in morning it goes after I've cleared my throat 2-3 times. I don't smoke an no other symptoms no cough either ?

Blood in phlegm only in morning it goes after I've cleared my throat 2-3 times. I don't smoke an no other symptoms no cough either ?

Drainage : Having a small amount of blood is normal in the winter months. Increased drainage can be irritating to the throat. You might try using a humidifier in your room. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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Cold/Flu 2mo ago & heavy cough hasn't gone away. Dr. Put me on meds and it didn't help. Green phlegm, throat irritat. Cough til I get red. Xray ok?

Cold/Flu 2mo ago & heavy cough hasn't gone away. Dr. Put me on meds and it didn't help. Green phlegm, throat irritat. Cough til I get red. Xray ok?

Cough: Xray ok means was it normal or getting chest xray us ok? I guess snyibiotic trial at this point should be appropriate if you have tried over the counter medications. ...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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