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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

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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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Just barely started to recover from a head cold, other symptoms improving but cough is quite worse. Not a chest cough, mostly throat one I think. Ideas?

Just barely started to recover from a head cold, other symptoms improving but cough is quite worse. Not a chest cough, mostly throat one I think. Ideas?

Post nasal drip.: You started to recover from cold but got caught with the post nasal drip. Cold can cause it. Try an over the counter sinus rinse and may even try some Sudafed. If that doesn't work you may try Nasacort (triamcinolone). It used to be a Perscription but now is over the counter. If it doesn't get better than it is something more such as sinus infection. Contact to your doctor and see if antibiotics are necessary. ...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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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

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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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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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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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A four year old with runny nose, high temp that is sporactic, bottom of throat hurts to talk or swallow. Deep cough. Raspy sounds breathing chest clear?

A four year old with runny nose, high temp that is sporactic, bottom of throat hurts to talk or swallow. Deep cough. Raspy sounds breathing chest clear?

Laryngo-tracheitis: Sounds like it started with a simple viral infection (croup) but now has secondary bacterial infection (usually staph). Antibiotics (esp for staph and strept coverage) should help. ...Read more

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I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?

I inhaled bleach fumes for an hr approx. 17 hrs ago. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, burning/pressure in chest, cough, congestion. What do I do?

Chlorine burn: Appears that you have sustained a chlorine irritation / burn to your naso-pharynx-tracheal-bronchial tissues. If external, the immediate remedyvis long ice cold water rinsing. You cannot do much of that, but prolonged mouthwashing, gargling, and nasal washing can help. Then, you need an inhaler. Saline breathing treatments may help but best is a metered dose steroid inhaler. So see a prescriber ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my upper mid back in between my spine and right scapula. Nagging deep cough for a week feel congestion in lower rt lung when I cough?

Sharp pain in my upper mid back in between my spine and right scapula. Nagging deep cough for a week feel congestion in lower rt lung when I cough?

Nagging cough: You need a chest xray to rule out pneumonia. As well as other sources of your pain. If it was not for your cough then one could consider your gallbladder as a source. Doubtful this time. ...Read more