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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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I was sick with a cold 3 weeks ago and i still have a hoarse cough. Shouldn't it be gone by now? It's a phlemy cough that won't go away.

I was sick with a cold 3 weeks ago and i still have a hoarse cough. Shouldn't it be gone by now? It's a phlemy cough that won't go away.

See your doctor.: Cough may linger for weeks after a cold. If it lasts longer than 3 weeks and productive of colored phlegm with other symptoms, treatment may be needed. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a really annoying cough that just won't go away if I talk I cough every other word in bed I cough constantly what can this be just a cold?

I have a really annoying cough that just won't go away if I talk I cough every other word in bed I cough constantly what can this be just a cold?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include post-nasal drip, gerd, especially if it worsens when you lie down. Another possibility is bronchospasm from any cause. These diagnoses all have different treatments so an evaluation by your doctor is necessary for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit and you doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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I had a cold like 2 weeks ago, but it's gone. The only symptom I have now is a dry cough that won't go away! What can it be? Plus mucus in my nose!

I had a cold like 2 weeks ago, but it's gone. The only symptom I have now is a dry cough that won't go away! What can it be? Plus mucus in my nose!

Mgt: If the cough persists for three or more weeks, a follow up visit is advised. Typically upper respiratory tract infections may take two weeks to resolve. Sometimes there can be prolonged inflammation or bronchospasm. Additionally, you may be developing a sinus infection, monitor your temperature and rinse with nasal saline to control symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had my dry cough for 1 week since my stuffy nose cold was over. It won't go away and I have tried everything. I have coughing attacks too.Help?

I have had my dry cough for 1 week since my stuffy nose cold was over. It won't go away and I have tried everything. I have coughing  attacks too.Help?

Post nasal drip: This cough could be from post nasal drip. If saline nasal spray and decongestants are not helping, it needs to be evaluated, you may have a sinus infection or reactive airways such as asthma. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a pretty bad cough that just started. No cold, feel fine, but it's a tickle in my throat that won't go away and keep coughing almost violently?

I have a pretty bad cough that just started.  No cold, feel fine, but it's a tickle in my throat that won't go away and keep coughing almost violently?

Causes of cough: There are many causes of cough that are not associated with infection. ACE-inhibitors, a common medication for high blood pressure, are a cause of cough. Reflux can cause cough in some people. Allergies and undiagnosed asthma may cause coughing. If none of these causes seem likely then you should see your physician for an exam and testing. ...Read more

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I have had a really bad cough and sore thr for over a week now and it won't go away how do I know if it's a cold, allergies, or some kind of infection?

I have had a really bad cough and sore thr for over a week now and it won't go away how do I know if it's a cold, allergies, or some kind of infection?

Possibilities...: If the cough is due to infection, you will likely have other symptoms like nasal congestion, sore throat, discolored sputum, fever, etc. If the cough is due to allergy, these symptoms are likely to be absent. If there is any doubt, and so it can be treated, see your doctor. I see you are a non-smoker but try to avoid second-hand smoke as well. ...Read more

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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