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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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My son 2.5yrs,suffering several cough&flu diseases,lately had eye pus.Anaylsis showed Haematocrit 41.1;Lymphocytes 72%.plz advice about his health.

My son 2.5yrs,suffering several cough&flu diseases,lately had eye pus.Anaylsis showed Haematocrit 41.1;Lymphocytes 72%.plz advice about his health.

Common: Children of this age group have frequent infections - average 6 times a year. Reason is that children have a developing immune system &have to meet viruses &bacteria to develop immunities. Increased lymphocytes suggest viral Infection. Regular and recommended immunizations help. Daycare attendance, allergies-esp to cow's milk, and more siblings increase these infections. See doc if worried. ...Read more

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I have pain in the back of my throat, but only on the right side. No pus pockets, fever, cough or fatigue. But it hurts like the dickens. Thoughts?

I have pain in the back of my throat, but only on the right side.  No pus pockets, fever, cough or fatigue. But it hurts like the dickens. Thoughts?

See dentist & ENT: And You need to start with a full exam by a dentist, and after that maybe an ENT. If they don't find anything wrong, this could be glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and i saw blood and pus on it. Why?

I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and i saw blood and pus on it. Why?

Red tonsils: The redness is a sign of inflammation. Tonsils are a lymph gland that can swell with any type of infection. They trap dead/dying white blood cells. The blood is likely from the raw surface due to swelling - and the pus is likely from a low grade viral infection you have. Are you running a fever? I would monitor it for several days. If it continues you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat 3 days ago. Now pus pocket rt side throat white tongue dry cough very painful to swallow low fever 1st day but not since rt node sensitv?

Sore throat  3  days ago. Now pus pocket rt side throat white tongue dry cough very painful to swallow low fever 1st day but not since rt node sensitv?

Dr. can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mono reactivation weeks ago. I'm still coughing and have pus on my tonsils. Can you please advise me on mono reactivation?

I was diagnosed with mono reactivation weeks ago.  I'm still coughing and have pus on my tonsils. Can you please advise me on mono reactivation?

EBV: Infectious mononucleosis reactivation is known to occur. It is not extremely common but is well known and documented. Most people who have infectious mononucleosis get it only once. Mononucleosis symptoms may rarely recur months or even years later. ...Read more

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Sore throat with pus, coughing up green mucus, chest tightness, runny nose, and congestion. Any idea what i have? Tested neg for strep, on amoxicillin

Sore throat with pus, coughing up green mucus, chest tightness, runny nose, and congestion. Any idea what i have? Tested neg for strep, on amoxicillin

Sore throat: One of the symptoms you have (sore throat) is likely pharyngitis. If you were placed on antibiotics it is because the medical provider wanted to cover for streptococcus, a common bacterial cause of pharyngitis. The test done in the office for strep is not always accurate, so you may still have it. Interestingly, not all causes of pharyngitis are bacterial. They can also be viral, fungal, etc. ...Read more

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Nasty cold last week: sore throat w/pus, congestion, headache. Now im better but as soon as i lie down I have coughing spells (dry) any idea why?

Nasty cold last week: sore throat w/pus, congestion, headache.  Now im better but as soon as i lie down I have coughing spells (dry) any idea why?

Sinusitis: You may have some residual sinus inflammation from your cold, a saline nasal spray should ease your symptoms. Using it 2 times a day will alleviate your post nasal drip. If the symptoms continue for another week, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Fever, sore throat, neck pain, and lower back pain. 19 years old. Started suddenly. Pus pockets around tonsils. No coughing or other cold system. ?

Fever, sore throat, neck pain, and lower back pain. 19 years old. Started suddenly.  Pus pockets around tonsils. No coughing or other cold system. ?

Need to be seen: You should really see a local doctor. Fever always indicates infection and yours sounds significant. I hope you can be seen soon (today) and that you get well soon. ...Read more

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Sore throat small patches of bumpy. And itchy rash on elbo top of foot and knee pus pockets in throat? No runny nose or caugh. What could it be?

Sore throat small patches of bumpy. And itchy rash on elbo top of foot and knee pus pockets in throat? No runny nose or caugh. What could it be?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Strep throat can occur with a rash, but some viruses also cause rashes. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more