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I'm coughing real blood and I've got chest pain. No fever, but constant cough (big smoker). Will amoxicillin take care of it?

I'm coughing real blood and I've got chest pain. No fever, but constant cough (big smoker). Will amoxicillin take care of it?

NO: You need a bronchoscopy and cat scan thorax. Coughing up blood or hemoptysis is one of the possible presenting symptoms for lung cancer. You need to see a pulmonologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Cold or more??: If it just a cold, usually there are evident signs of respiratory distress. Those are rapid breathing (more than 24 x/min); nasal flaring;? ; chest retractions; and use of the accessory muscles of respiration. If none of thes are present the cough is much more likely to originate at the pharyngeal level. An excellent med for type of cough is benzonatate. ...Read more

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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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My 3 and a half year old has a deep cough I'm her chest no real fever and a rash on her back a d neck that is raised red spots size of a pen point? -

My 3 and a half year old has a deep cough I'm her chest no real fever and a rash on her back a d neck that is raised red spots size of a pen point? -

Cough and rash: A cough and a rash may be associated symptoms of a viral infection. To be sure, have your child evaluated by his pediatrician to confirm. ...Read more

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I have had a deep chest cough for the past couple of days along with nausea and fever. My ears are severely plugged as well. Any ideas?

I have had a deep chest cough for the past couple of days along with nausea and fever. My ears are severely plugged as well. Any ideas?

Evaluation: Without the benefit of a physical exam is impossible to tell you for sure what is going on. I recommend that you go to your urgent care center because of the congestion and cough. If you have bronchitis or pneumonia, then it can be treated. Better safe than sorry. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER? Mild fever 5 days chest and sinus congestion, deep cough and wheezing. Lightheaded with headache and body aches

Should I go to the ER? Mild fever 5 days chest and sinus congestion, deep cough and wheezing. Lightheaded with headache and body aches

Primary Care: Your primary care provider is likely a better choice for non life-threatening illness. ER doctors are trained to work quickly and efficiently in situations where the patient's life is at risk, so you are more likely to be exposed to tests that involve radiation or risk of false-positive results. Of course if you are struggling to breath, the ER is appropriate. ...Read more

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I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

I have a chest cough with green mucus but no fever. Should I see a Dr.?

Chest cough: It depends, have you have the cough for a while? Was the green mucus something new? You might have simple upper respiratory infection, however if not better or symptoms get worse then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Fatigued, dry cough from cold for three weeks. Had fever 97.0 and sinus headache. I feel better but still have small cough, did have chest cough. Worry?

Fatigued, dry cough from cold for three weeks. Had fever 97.0 and sinus headache. I feel better but still have small cough, did have chest cough. Worry?

Be Happy.: Sounds like viral upper respiratory infection although you really didn't supply a lot of detail. This sounds to be resolving and you should expect all to clear in another weeks or so. ...Read more

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26 weeks pregnant. The last 6 weeks I've had horrible congestion in chest causing a constant cough. Common? I have no other symptoms of cold. No fever, vomiting etc. Just constant chest cough and irritation. I can hear stuff when coughing but rarely get

26 weeks pregnant. The last 6 weeks I've had horrible congestion in chest causing a constant cough. Common? I have no other symptoms of cold. No fever, vomiting etc. Just constant chest cough and irritation. I can hear stuff when coughing but rarely get

Yes,: Yes, I agree with you, you should be more concerned. Please see your doctor again or get a second opinion. Constant cough for six weeks during pregnancy needs a complete evaluation. It is very important that this be completely evaluated. If you have fever, shortness of breath, or chest pain then you would need to go to the er. ...Read more

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Have moderate copd. Sick one week now. On z pac but feel worse. Pulse ox 98, pulse 84, no fever. Bp 130/88. tight chest, cough, fatig ue, weak, stuffy, mild sob?

Have moderate copd. Sick one week now. On z pac but feel worse. Pulse ox 98, pulse 84, no fever. Bp 130/88. tight chest, cough, fatig ue, weak, stuffy, mild sob?

COPD: Have you had an exam of the lungs to evaluate need for steroids, or increased treatment of COPD during infection? Also, if you have just started the Z pack it may take a week to have significant effect. ...Read more

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Iv got congested sinuses and chest. Cough w/ phlegm. Muscle aches w/ weakness. No stomach prob. No fever. What can I do at home to help myself.?

Iv got congested sinuses and chest. Cough w/ phlegm. Muscle aches w/ weakness. No stomach prob. No fever. What can I do at home to help myself.?

Rest, soup/hot drink: It sounds like you have a viral infection-possibly the flu given the many cases we are seeing in the hospitals now. Rest is vitally important. Keeping very well hydrated also is important -chicken soup, hot lemon tea, etc should help. Try over-the-counter cough medicine/Tylenol. If you're feeling worse, see a doc for formal evaluation and treatment, esp. If you develop fever. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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9mo has yellow fluid in ear, no fever, runny nose, 2 new teeth that cut through recently & a junky chest cough. Happy & alert but refuses solids.

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9mo has yellow fluid in ear, no fever, runny nose, 2 new teeth that cut through recently & a junky chest cough. Happy & alert but refuses solids.

Needs to See Doctor: You child needs to go to the Pediatrician right away. Yellow fluid in the ear is not normal and should be diagnosed so your little one can get the needed treatment. ...Read more

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I have a deep cough that hurts my chest. I have had bronchitis before should I be worried?

Possibly pneumonia: I have found that when people have a deep cough associated with pain on taking a deep breath they often times have pneumonia. You should be evaluated by a physician. If this has been a long-term problem then you definitely need to be evaluated as there are other causes. ...Read more

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Daughter has a deep cough but no fever? Should I be worried?

Daughter has a deep cough but no fever? Should I be worried?

Not necessarily: It's a good sign your daughter has no fever. If it looks like a cold with a just a runny nose and deep cough, it's okay to wait 3-4 days and see how she does before seeing your doctor. Cough can be caused by lots of things and not just infection. Acid reflux can do it. So can an aspirated object (if your daughter's a toddler). Good luck! ...Read more

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Getting over cold still have a cough Its a deep cough sometimes My chest has been hurting, especially when I move (sit to stand) how can I alleviate?

Getting over cold still have a cough Its a deep cough sometimes My chest has been hurting, especially when I move (sit to stand) how can I alleviate?

Post-tussive cough.: When we're sick with an upper or lower respiratory infection, the cough tends to be the last symptom to clear. This is called a post-tussive cough which, as you can surmise, means "post-cough cough". The coughing itself makes the cough linger. The solution? Cough suppressant. ...Read more

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What could cause aches, fever, congested sinus and a deep cough?

What could cause aches, fever, congested sinus and a deep cough?

Flu-like illness: Your symptoms fit a flu-like illness or real influenza by itself especially if accompanied by fever. Have you visited a 4h fair or anilmal fairs with swine recently? Recent cdc reports show influenza caused by swine flu h3n2 which is less severe than the regular swine flu. In any event, have yourself tested for influenza by your doctor. ...Read more

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I went swimming in the ocean last week and came down with a deep chest cough the following day. Connected?

I went swimming in the ocean last week and came down with a deep chest cough the following day. Connected?

Could be but: Most of these resolve with some patience and time. If you have fever. Shortness or breath, wheezing or it does not resolve in two weeks then proceed to see your internist. In the meantime use an over the counter cough syrup. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hv a very bad deep cough during wint. Mos esp. Every yr. My ribs and chest hurt. Hard to sleep. In physical dr never says anything is wrong. Am I ok?

Hv a very bad deep cough during wint. Mos esp. Every yr. My ribs and chest hurt. Hard to sleep. In physical dr never says anything is wrong. Am I ok?

Cold weather + lungs: Cold weather may irritate your lungs, specifically the upper airways called bronchi. It is a variant of asthma. In some people, as cold air rushes in on taking a breath, the irritation causes the bronchi to constrict, resulting in cough and even wheezing. Physical exam (done at room temperature and at rest) is often normal. These reactive airways may improve with a trial of bronchodilators. ...Read more

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My son has been running a fever for 3 days now he went to the dr and was put on antibiotics he now has a deep cough and still is keeping the fever. I'?

My son has been running a fever for 3 days now he went to the dr and was put on antibiotics he now has a deep cough and still is keeping the fever. I'?

Cough/fever: He may have a viral illness that is not going to respond to antibiotics. It is also possible the antibiotics hosen are not the right ones for his illness. If he has been on the antibiotics originally given for more than 2-3 days and is not getting any better, I suggest he go back to the doctor to make sure this has not progressed to pneumonia. ...Read more

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Have a cold 3 times in 3 mos, nonstop. Start w/swol tonsils, then deep chest cough. As soon as it gets better starts again. Go to the dr or wait? .

Have a cold 3 times in 3 mos, nonstop. Start w/swol tonsils, then deep chest cough. As soon as it gets better starts again. Go to the dr or wait? .

See the doctor: You need to provide a full history, undergo a physical exam and perhaps some imaging and labs. This is not normal. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I've had a deep cough since march. Why won't it go away? Zpack & antibiotic tried. My fever went away already however this cough has not.

I've had a deep cough since march. Why won't it go away? Zpack & antibiotic tried. My fever went away already however this cough has not.

Not unusual: The fever and infection appear to clear up, but the cough sounds like it is hanging around, which is very common after both viral and bacterial infections that involve the airways and lungs. I tell people to think of what they've been through as if you burned yourself. The skin heals, infection clears or is avoided, but the area of skin is still sensitive for weeks. Same happens in lungs/airways. ...Read more

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Thick phlegm globules (clear mostly, white sometimes), dry but deep cough, mild temperature, 4+ weeks. Doctor hears nothing in chest. What is it?

Thick phlegm globules (clear mostly, white sometimes), dry but deep cough, mild temperature, 4+ weeks. Doctor hears nothing in chest. What is it?

Atypical pneumonia: Atypical pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused my unusual bacteria like mycoplasma or legionella and where the symptoms differ from the classic ones. Therefore, it's often harder to diagnose. The antibiotics used are different and if it becomes severe it may require hospitalization. If you're not getting better, ask your physician what he /she thinks and if a chest x-ray is warranted. ...Read more

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I've been sick with a cold and after day 5 I have a deep cough, I'm extremely lightheaded and I have difficulty breathing along with chest pains.?

I've been sick with a cold and after day 5 I have a deep cough, I'm extremely lightheaded and I have difficulty breathing along with chest pains.?

Chest cold: Your upper respiratory infection has spread to your breathing passages and now you have acute bronchitis. There may be a component of asthma as well, even if you've never had asthma before. If you're uncomfortably short of breath, you should go immediately to an ER for prompt treatment. If it's just a nuisance symptom, you ought to at least see your doctor tomorrow to be examined. ...Read more

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My husband has had cold chills, a high fever, shaking and numbness all over with a deep cough. Is there something he can take? He has had broccidis many times before

My husband has had cold chills, a high fever, shaking and numbness all over with a deep cough. Is there something he can take? He has had broccidis many times before

High: High fever and chills are worrisome for a serious infection (bacterial or viral). He could have bronchitis again or even pneumonia or the flu. The only way to be sure is to seek out medical care. It is possible that he may need antibiotics if he has a bacterial infection.
By the date of this post almost a week has passed, hopefully he has improved or has seen a doctor by now. If not, he should go right away.
Take care. ...Read more

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I have had a deep chest cough for a week and have shortness of breath. Should I wait it out or get some rest or go to a doctor?

I have had a deep chest cough for a week and have shortness of breath. Should I wait it out or get some rest or go to a doctor?

Prolonged symptoms: Symptoms lasting more than a few days, especially when associated with shortness of breath, are suspicious for pneumonia or reactive airways. These conditions require treatment by a medical practitioner to hasten wellness, prevent complication and reduce transmission of infection to other people. It's time to schedule your appointment! ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a deep cough, coming from your chest? I have no nasal drainage.

How do you get rid of a deep cough, coming from your chest? I have no nasal drainage.

Deep cough: Steam yourself with steam from a hot shower. Use a vaporizer at night while sleeping.Sleep with several pillows. Drink lots of tea and honey. Apply vaporub to your chest. If home remedies don't work check with your doctor to rule out bronchitis or pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have had this deep chest cough with shortness of breath for a week. She went to the doctor and her blood pressure was 157/134 should I be worried?

I have had this deep chest cough with shortness of breath for a week. She went to the doctor and her blood pressure was 157/134 should I be worried?

Yes: She needs to follow up on the blood pressure and have more readings done. That diastolic number is ridiculously high. Please schedule a follow up appointment asap. ...Read more

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Immuno compromised (cellcept) o2 of 92. Crackling when breathing & deep cough no fever. Should I still worry about pneumonia? Have sarcoidosis in lungs

Immuno compromised (cellcept) o2 of 92. Crackling when breathing & deep cough no fever. Should I still worry about pneumonia? Have sarcoidosis in lungs

For sure: Get checked CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) not only decreases your ability to raise an infection response and that means a fever too! ...Read more

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4-year-old daughter with deep cough lasting three days. Low fever (not over 100) comes and goes. Some mild rash on back. Doctor time or wait it out?

4-year-old daughter with deep cough lasting three days. Low fever (not over 100) comes and goes. Some mild rash on back. Doctor time or wait it out?

Wait it out: It is most likely viral. Give it a few more days. If she begins having really high fevers or not eating/drinking and breathing faster, then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Having horrible lower back pain, and my chest hurts when I breath in deep, cough right after. Stomach bloated, help?

Having horrible lower back pain, and my chest hurts when I breath in deep, cough right after. Stomach bloated, help?

Multiple symptoms: It is very likely that these symptoms are a domino effect. Coughing probably due to some infection, leads to chest pain, may even cause a lumbar herniated disc causing back pain. You need a medical evaluation as soon as possible to treat possible lung infection. If you smoke - stop. Bloated stomach may be entirely different. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a 103 temp and deep cough, labored breathing. Do I take her to the ER ore treat the fever and wait to see my pediatrician?

My 3 year old has a 103 temp and deep cough, labored breathing. Do I take her to the ER ore treat the fever and wait to see my pediatrician?

Comfort measures: The average 3yo will have 5 respiratory & 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Many will have fever/most will self heal. Fever is not the enemy it is a signal that a kids system is trying to make the body too hot for germs to reproduce. It also increases blood flow & allows the immune system to kick in faster. If the kid is hydrated enough to pee every 6 hrs he can wait overnight & be reassessed in the am. ...Read more

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Pain right hand side of my chest, roughly below or behind breast. Most time feels like a dull ache but when breathe deep/cough/laugh etc its sharp?

Pain right hand side of my chest, roughly below or behind breast. Most time feels like a dull ache but when breathe deep/cough/laugh etc its sharp?

Pleuritic chest pain: Is what you are describing. A common cause is a viral or bacterial lung infection but here are other conditions that can be more serious. A lung infection is reason enough to seek medical attention. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more