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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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Are there any particular types of cough drops that help the most with strep throat?

Are there any particular types of cough drops that help the most with strep throat?

No: Since strep throat does not cause cough then cough drops won't help. Btw looking at the below tags, group b strep does not cause strep throat, group a strep does. ...Read more

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Do you take your child to the doctors for every sniffle and cough because it might be strep throat?

Do you take your child to the doctors for every sniffle and cough because it might be strep throat?

No: If they are not old enough to tell you they have a sore throat, the chances of their having strep related complications are almost non-existent. Some infants & toddlers can carry strep when they are not sick or when they really have a simple viral illness. There are conflicting thoughts as to whether these should ever be treated just because strep is found on a quick test. ...Read more

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Can Strep Throat cause you to cough up blood?

Can Strep Throat cause you to cough up blood?

Yes: Infected tonsils often bleed easily. If the amount of blood is large or continues, see your doctor so he/she can look at your tonsils. Also check to see if the blood is coming from your nose. All the best. ...Read more

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Does strep throat cause you to cough up blood?

No: Significant coughing to cause "cough up blood" is not a part of strep throat. ...Read more

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I tested positive for strep throat today. I also have a cough. Is it normal to have a cough with strep? It makes it harder to breathe. Thank You

I tested positive for strep throat today. I also have a cough. Is it normal to have a cough with strep? It makes it harder to breathe. Thank You

Not specifically: While many with strep will have more drainage that might trigger cough, it is not a common feature of strep throat.If you are having pain associated with breathing it would be worth a call to your doc's office to discuss your change in symptoms. There may be additional things your doc would like to check in your case. ...Read more

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I've been on amoxicillin 875mg for 5 days for strep throat. My throat feels better, but my cough has not gotten better at all. Should I be concerned?

I've been on amoxicillin 875mg for 5 days for strep throat. My throat feels better, but my cough has not gotten better at all. Should I be concerned?

Could be your sinus: Chronic sinuses infection can cause such, and few days of antibiotics won't clear it, please see your doctor again, might prescribe you more, a different antibiotic, or whatever deems necessary up to her/his judgement ...Read more

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Diagnosed with strep throat on sunday still not feeling better amoxicillin for 3 days now I have a cough n throat still soar and swollen?

Diagnosed with strep throat on sunday still not feeling better amoxicillin for 3 days now I have a cough n throat still soar and swollen?

Should be better.: Hello!
After 3 days of treatment, you should be getting a little better. It is possible that you have a resistant strain of strep and that you need a different antibiotic. It is also possible that you have something else going on as well - usually strep infections do not cause a cough. I would recommend that you get in to be seen for reevaluation.
Good luck and get better! ...Read more

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Child has strep throat but also has mucousy cough, is the cough from the strep or another infection?

Child has strep throat but also has mucousy cough, is the cough from the strep or another infection?

Upper respiratory: Infections can accompany strep throat. Strep is itself an upper respiratory infection. Often a cold is the trigger for strep to be activated. Can use supportive care such as a humidifier and vicks, and if your child needs it a cough med, Check with your doctor about the use of other meds ...Read more

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Will cough worsen after getting a Rocephin (ceftriaxone) shot for strep throat? When should I see improvement in my symptoms?

Will cough worsen after getting a Rocephin (ceftriaxone) shot for strep throat? When should I see improvement in my symptoms?

See answer: Cough usually is not a symptom of strep throat. And if it is, it shd not get worse with use of Rocephin (ceftriaxone). However antibiotics may take time to start working. Symptoms may get worse before antibiotics start working. Even tho strep is being suspected it may still be a viral infection. Best wld be to wait a while (2-3 days) and if still getting worse have urself re evaluated. ...Read more

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When I get sick its always broncitis/strep throat. What could I get OTC that will get rid of the mucus and cough, shorten my "cold"?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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My 2 year old twins have strep throat and have been taking anitbiotics since monday. One has a barky sounding cough. Is this still strep?

My 2 year old twins have strep throat and have been taking anitbiotics since monday. One has a barky sounding cough. Is this still strep?

No, most are viruses: The fact that strep is found does not mean that strep was positive of symptoms. Most cold-type illnesses such as that with your twins' cough are viral. Probably initial symptoms were viral-related. Swab was done in strep was found. There is a latin expression "post hoc ergo propter hoc": meaning: since strep was found, it is presumed to be the cause of symptoms. Not necessarily so. ...Read more

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I had strep throat completed 10 days of antibiotic about 4 days ago. Now I have a congested cough that has a very bad taste when I cough. Any suggesti?

I had strep throat completed 10 days of antibiotic about 4 days ago. Now I have a congested cough that has a very bad taste when I cough. Any suggesti?

Infection: It is possible that your lower respiratory tract has become infected with a different or similar, resistant bacteria which is causing bronchitis. You may need additional antibiotics with a medication that will better target this area. Guaifenesin, more liquids, & humidification may help. You should discuss this with your doctor or I am available, if you need further assistance. ...Read more

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Wanted to know what's wrong with me, or what can the possible problems be that can be wrong with me? I've been to the hospital for strep throat on thanksgiving day, and has had this cough and sinus problems for sometime now. I would say almost a couple of

Wanted to know what's wrong with me, or what can the possible problems be that can be wrong with me? I've been to the hospital for strep throat on thanksgiving day, and has had this cough and sinus problems for sometime now. I would say almost a couple of

It: It is common to get a rash after a strep infection or after the use of antibiotics. If the rash is till present you should follow up with your doctor. Also GI (gastrointestinal) side effects are common after the use of antibiotics. All of these symptoms typically resolve in about one to two weeks.
Like I stated previously if your symptoms are still present visit your doctor for an evaluation.
Take care. ...Read more

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What medicine do I take for severe sore throat and cough? I had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.

What medicine do I take for severe sore throat and cough? I had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.

R/O Strep: It would be a good idea to rule out recurrent strep throat and if there, treat with antibiotics prescribed. In the meantime, warm salt water gargles, chloraseptic spray, herbal tea with lemon and honey, avoid spicy and citrus foods, OTC pain relievers as needed. Ice cream or cold drinks if helpful. ...Read more

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Waking up with sore throat and very hurtful cough. I had strep throat about 3weeks ago. Am I getting it again? Forgot to take 5pills fromantibiotics.

Waking up with sore throat and very hurtful cough. I had strep throat about 3weeks ago. Am I getting it again? Forgot to take 5pills fromantibiotics.

Possibly: Strep throat can reoccur. This can happen if you miss pills or if you are re exposed to the strep bacteria. Be rechecked with a throat swab to see if you still have strep. ...Read more

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My dad has strep throat my 2yrold is shown same syptoms for 2days she has a fever (100.9) she has bad cough w/it she has apt monday is that 2long 2wait?

My dad has strep throat my 2yrold is shown same syptoms for 2days she has a fever (100.9) she has bad cough w/it she has apt monday is that 2long 2wait?

No: For strep, you have 9-10 days from the start of symptoms before any of the long term issues are triggered. Treatment initiated within that interval cancels the risks of rheumatic fever. It is fine for her to wait and see her regular doc and have appropriate testing done. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be immune to illnesses after repeated exposure in childhood like strep throat or whooping cough?

Is it possible to be immune to illnesses after repeated exposure in childhood like strep throat or whooping cough?

Strep carriers/no: There are strep carriers who never get sick when they carry it. Why it happens is a mystery.Whooping cough will give someone transient antibodies that limit the intensity of a new infection, but these appear to fade with age and do not prevent infection decades later like natural measles would. ...Read more

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Doctor said I have strep throat. Is it normal for me to cough up tiny bits of blood alongside of mucus?

Doctor said I have strep throat. Is it normal for me to cough up tiny bits of blood alongside of mucus?

Not unusual: Some individuals get marked inflammation from strep throat, and with cough, fragile blood vessels could rupture and cause bleeding. This should resolve with treatment. Be sure to complete your full course of medication, as the strep infection tends to flare if only partially treated. ...Read more

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Have a strep throat and dry cough which is better but appeared tightness and heaviness at upper of the breasts. Pain when breathing. What can it be?

Have a strep throat and dry cough which is better but appeared tightness and heaviness at upper of the breasts. Pain when breathing. What can it be?

Wheezing: You may be experiencing some reactivity of the large airways with constriction. This is commonly known as wheezing and can occur with a restpiratory illness. It is like an asthma exacerbation. You can have your doctor check you and prescribe an inhaler to help until the infection clears. You should also be checked for pneumonia. ...Read more

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How to tell a cold from strep throat? Do you always have a fever with strep? Will there be white patches on throat? I have a cough and sore throat.

See a physician: 26 year old male with sore throat and cough. Most cases of sore throat are viral, whereas strep is a bacterial cause of sore throat. It is hard to tell the difference at home. Even physicians have a difficult time distinguishing between strep and viral infection based on history alone. Please see a primary care physician for a thorough physical exam and also a strep test for a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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If I had strep throat and did not get treated for it, will the sore throat go away and thenbe followed by a fever? Sore throat wasn't bad, had cough.

If I had strep throat and did not get treated for it, will the sore throat go away and thenbe followed by a fever? Sore throat wasn't bad, had cough.

Consider Ur options: Strep will often improve in a few days without treatment. Untreated strep, regardless of degree can produce rheumatic fever a month or so down the road & make the rest ur life miserable. (& cost a bunch) est.1/200 untreated strep are at risk; ~1/3 sore throats strep, ~1/600 the risk you take by the numbers. There may be alternatives for seeking care than ur out of pocket, so look into it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Actually I know that cefdinir is an abx. Tm102, cough, no sore throat which should make strep throat less likely so should he take the abx rx for it?

Incomplete info: If this post is a follow up to a previous one, be aware they are never linked so we cannot see them. They also go to the site at random. The information in the present post is not adequate to make any recommendation. You are welcome to start over with background info and a clear related question. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with strep throat, can you have a cough and runny nose plus congestion?

Not typical: Usually with strep throat you have classically a fever, headache, abd pain and sore throat WITHOUT nasal congestion and cough. When you have a sore throat after a few days of nasal congestion and cough that typically denotes a viral URI. ...Read more

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I always have a low fever today I have 99.7, sore throat, cough, congestion, achy. I'm a 55 year old female. Could this be strep throat?

I always have a low fever today I have 99.7, sore throat, cough, congestion, achy. I'm a 55 year old female. Could this be strep throat?

Viral syndrome: I can only be really sure if you have a strep infection after a throat culture is resulted, but your set of symptoms is far more consistent with a viral infection than a strep infection. ...Read more

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Do I have strep throat? My throat has been sore for two days and I tried using cough drops and my throat gets itchy and dry. My eyes are glossy to.

Do I have strep throat? My throat has been sore for two days and I tried using cough drops and my throat gets itchy and dry. My eyes are glossy to.

Post nasal drip: The only way to know you have strep is by taking a throat culture. Chance are you have a post nasal drip tha is giving you your symptoms. Use saline nose drops. For pain relief you can gargle, take ibuprofen, and eat ice creams and popsicles. ...Read more

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I haven't ate in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. I haven't ate in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. The doctor said it's not strep throat and they

I haven't ate in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. I haven't ate in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. The doctor said it's not strep throat and they

If: If you were given antibiotics and it did not work then there are two possibilites. One it is a virus and will not respond to antibiotics, two, your infection is caused by a bacteria that is not sensitive to the antibiotics given. By the date of this post about five days has passed. If you are still experinecing these symptoms you need to go back to your doctor. You could be dealing with a peritonsilar abscess which is a medical emergency. On the other handif you are better, you likely had a virus that is clearing.
Take care. ...Read more

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Wondering if I have strep throat. I have 2 small white dots and a red dot on tonsils. My throat hurts but no cough or fever.

Wondering if I have strep throat. I have 2 small white dots and a red dot on tonsils. My throat hurts but no cough or fever.

Hard to say: Even well trained physicians cannot always pick out a strep throat from viral based only on symptoms or observations. We use a quick office strep A test & sometimes back that up with a throat culture. The strep requires antibiotics & others don't, so to decide what you need will require an evaluation. Your doc or many urgent care clinics are set up to do this. I would avoid an ER. ...Read more

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Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Stept throat: The most likely thing is that you did not have strept throat unless a culture was done. It is was a strept throat You probably have a viral problem that takes bout 2-3 weeks to get better if you take antibiotics or 13-21 days if you don't. Have others at your work/school had similar problems? Good discussion at Wikipedia for more info. Amox is not drug of choice in US. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more