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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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For 5 days I have had body aches, nausea, a dry cough, painful chest, headache and a fever. Is the the flu? When will I feel better?

For 5 days I have had body aches, nausea, a dry cough, painful chest, headache and a fever. Is the the flu? When will I feel better?

Flu-like illness: Whether or not this is actually influenza is impossible to say with the into you give on the internet. What is possible is that this is a viral illness and you should begin to feel better within the next 2 days. If you do not would strongly suggest that you see your family doctor. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Dry cough for wk. Now low grade fever, loose cough, body aches, headache, eye pain, nausea, no appetite, congestion, .

Dry cough for wk. Now low grade fever, loose cough, body aches, headache, eye pain, nausea, no appetite, congestion, .

Viral: It is most likely a viral infection and one can only treat the symptoms. If the symptoms are severe, you will need to see your doctor to get some cough suppression. Tylenol may help the body ache, nasal decongestant spray may be used for up to 5 days maximum. It usually takes 7-10 days to recover. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat, fever, rattling chest, dry cough, red eyes swollen lymph nodes and body aches?

Scratchy throat, fever, rattling chest, dry cough, red eyes swollen lymph nodes and body aches?

Many conditions: From your description, this may be an influenza infection, or another respiratory infection. Your PCP may screen you for the flu and start Tamiflu (oseltamivir) within 48 hrs as indicated. A strep screen may also be performed at the same time.
Typically viral illness self resolve within 10 days. ...Read more

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My throat is getting more painful&im having a really bad dry cough. Antitussives not working. Could not sleep due to cough. Already been to gp last saturday. No more body aches&chills this time. Just feeling generally unwell due to very sore throat?

My throat is getting more painful&im having a really bad dry cough. Antitussives not working. Could not sleep due to cough. Already been to gp last saturday. No more body aches&chills this time. Just feeling generally unwell due to very sore throat?

Doctor can recheck: 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). Throat lozenges, and acetaminophen or Motrin, can help decrease pain. ...Read more

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Today I woke up with a tight dry cough and a horrible taste in my mouth now my whole upper back hurts like body ache and headache what can I do?

Today I woke up with a tight dry cough and a horrible taste in my mouth now my whole upper back hurts like body ache and headache what can I do?

Acid Reflux: Your symptoms are Classical symptom suggestive of GastroEsophageal acid reflux and when you lie flat at night the acid can come up to the back of throat and make you cough.Pain and hurt in the back can be caused by the cough. Have you had any past symptoms of acid reflux like heartburn at times after eating a big fatty meal, orange juice, alcohol etc. I suggest you get it checked by your Doctor ...Read more

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What is this - jetlag, sneezing, itchy throat, dry cough, chills, temp is 37C, sore scalp, nasal drip, a lil fatigue, loose stool, no body pain?

What is this - jetlag, sneezing, itchy throat, dry cough, chills, temp is 37C, sore scalp, nasal drip, a lil fatigue, loose stool, no body pain?

So far: So far it sounds like a cold of which there are many types. If you go on to get fever and body aches it could be a flu. If you develop watery diarrhea it may be the norovirus or rotovirus. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

Can be: All of the above, what you are describing sounds like a viral disease, which can be a cold, flu or upper respiratory infection, with all the symptoms noted. Rest, fluids, pain killers and salt water gargles, if no improvement, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I have sore throat, headaches, off and on fevers, and horrible dry cough. What could this be?

I have sore throat, headaches, off and on fevers, and horrible dry cough. What could this be?

Infection: Sounds like you have an infection. What kind - is a different question. Most likely viral, strep is a possibility but cough is less likely in its case unless it's from the throat irritation. If it's not improving, see doc. ...Read more

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Face hot, no fever. Back of neck sore. 3 small headaches in the length of 1 month. Dry cough. Little mucus.

Face hot, no fever. Back of neck sore. 3 small headaches in the length of 1 month. Dry cough. Little mucus.

Sounds like: You have some sort of infection such as a cold. The common cold is caused by a virus and usually gets better with supportive treatment. Be sure to wash your hands frequently to decrease your risk of transmission to others. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat (very painful on one side, dry cough, spasms and intermittent fever). I feel OK but not 100%?

I have a sore throat (very painful on one side, dry cough, spasms and intermittent fever). I feel OK but not 100%?

Give it time: Sounds like a painful, but typical upper respiratory tract infection which is self limited. Give it a little time to completely normalize and you should do well. ...Read more

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I have dry cough no other symptoms. No sore throat no cold no fever what could cause it?

I have dry cough no other symptoms. No sore throat no cold no fever what could cause it?

Allergies/reflux: Could be environmental allergies, or even reflux. It requires a proper evaluation to have a chance at diagnosing and treating the problem. Start with your primary care provider. No urgency. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Strep? Dry cough, irritated red throat, no pain just dull ache and no fever. Been like this since Sunday.

Strep? Dry cough, irritated red throat, no pain just dull ache and no fever. Been like this since Sunday.

Throat culture: The best way to know is to see a doctor, get examined and have a throat culture done. In the meantime you can gargle with warm salt water with turmeric and lemon a few times a day for comfort. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing, dry cough, fever and now a sore throat. What is this? And what medicine should I take or any home remedies that would help?

Difficulty breathing, dry cough, fever and now a sore throat. What is this? And what medicine should I take or any home remedies that would help?

Acute Bronchitis: Is very common disease caused by cold or upper respiratory infection. Usually improves without complications in a week, but the cough can last for several weeks.
If the condition accompanied by wheezing or shortness of breath, fever over 100.5 f, interferes with your sleep, see your pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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I got a bad flu last year and now every time I am exposed to smoke, I get a sore throat, thick glair, dry cough and sometimes fever. What could it be?

Mgt: I would suggest that you see a pulmonary specialist. Some tests that may be ordered include pulmonary function testing, chest imaging and a TB test. Avoid all smoke whenever possible. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headache, dry cough, no fever, green mucous in throat. What are these symptoms of?

Sore throat, headache, dry cough, no fever, green mucous in throat. What are these symptoms of?

Sinusitis: This could be an indication for a sinus infection either viral or bacterial-cannot say. You should see your doctor who can best determine what is going on and give you the appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Dry cough for more than 3 weeks, no fever or sore throat. Could this be an early symptom of hiv?

Dry cough for more than 3 weeks, no fever or sore throat. Could this be an early symptom of hiv?

Dry cough: It can be from chronic sinusitis, acid reflux or asthma, and many other things, you need to have it checked. Hiv is low on the list in the absence of other systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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Dry cough lasting a week, and now on and off sore throat, painful swallow, no red in throat. No fever no other symptoms.?

Dry cough lasting a week, and now on and off sore throat, painful swallow, no red in throat. No fever no other symptoms.?

URI?: The soreness to your throat and trouble swallowing bother me, as this could indicate the presence of an infection even in the absence of a fever. As such, an evaluation locally is advisable as treatment may be needed. Could be viral or bacterial, generally. ...Read more

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4 yo son recently diagnosis with strep (+ rapid) fever and sore throat are getting better after 24 hrs of abx. No cold symptoms but now has dry cough; related?

Maybe, maybe not.: Typically strep throat alone rarely produces cough--there is almost always something else involved when a cough joins an infected throat such an a sinus infection or 2nd illness (not previously appreciated until the strep begins to improve) such as mycoplasma. The antibiotic for strep will not treat mycoplasma infection; therefore, the best advice is to call your md noting this change in symptoms. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to go to the doctor with a persistent dry cough, sore throat, and low grade fever? It's been about a week.

How long should I wait to go to the doctor with a persistent dry cough, sore throat, and low grade fever? It's been about a week.

It depends...: I think this depends on what type of doctor. From your symptoms the odds are very high that this is a viral infection. Research studies show that antibiotics are likely to do more harm than good. However, herbs, homeopathic medicines and acupuncture may help so if your Dr. Offers these it would help to go. I advise trying Umcka, available at health food stores. See
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Found a bit of blood in my mucus, is this normal? I've had a cold or flu for about 5 days now. Symptoms include sore throat, dry cough, minor fever.

Found a bit of blood in my mucus, is this normal? I've had a cold or flu for about 5 days now. Symptoms include sore throat, dry cough, minor fever.

Mgt/workup: Sometimes during a viral illness there can be bleeding from small vessels which lining the nose, throat and airways. The blood may be from the uppper airway rather than the lungs. If it continues or increases, please have a medical evaluation and TB testing. Nasal saline, gentle nasal rinse and throat lozenges may alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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