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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Had 3 rounds of antibiotics amoxicillin, Z-pak,and ciproflocin and im left with a dry cough with phlegm sometimes what could it be?

Had 3 rounds of antibiotics amoxicillin, Z-pak,and ciproflocin and im left with a dry cough with phlegm sometimes  what could it be?

Could be...: many different causes. Most likely, it is a "post-viral" cough, which is just a chronic irritation from bronchitis. But it could be asthma, stomach acid reflux, allergies, or post nasal sinus drainage. If you smoke, you should quit, and you can try prescription cough suppressants for a week or so before you get worried. It is not abnormal for the cough of a viral bronchitis to last 4-6 weeks! ...Read more

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42 male dry cough lots of phlegm heard wen breathing. Is it ok to twice puf seretide 50/250 twice a day? 1 puf wont make be feel ok.Wat shod i do?

42 male dry cough lots of phlegm heard wen breathing. Is it ok to twice puf seretide 50/250 twice a day? 1 puf wont make be feel ok.Wat shod i  do?

Check with doctor: You will need to check with your doctor re. The right dosing for you. For example, he could change the seretide dose to 50/125 instead of you using 1/2 the 50/250 dose since the latter will halve the bronchodilator dose as well. Your lung function test should be monitored to make sure that it is at its best since no one call predict what the lung function is without a measurement. ...Read more

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The past 4 days I've had a sore throat, dry cough sometimes producing phlegm, diarrhea, chest pain, but no fever. ?

The past 4 days I've had a sore throat, dry cough sometimes producing phlegm, diarrhea, chest pain, but no fever. ?

Mgt: I would advise that you be seen by your PCP. In particular, the dry cough and chest pain warrants evaluation. Stay well hydrated, rest and re check your temperature. ...Read more

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A month after sinusitis and bronchitis, my nose and throat are still irritated and I have a dry cough. There is no phlegm. ?

A month after sinusitis and bronchitis, my nose and throat are still irritated and I have a dry cough.  There is no phlegm.  ?

Inflammation...: After infection, sometimes inflammation persists. This can even result in bronchospasm evidenced by a dry cough. Bronchodilator inhalers may be needed temporarily to control the cough until the inflammation resolves. A steroid inhaler may even be needed. The nasal irritation can be treated with salt water nasal sprays. See your doctor for these treatments. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

I have a dry cough only when I exhale for two weeks, what is this?? Produces white clear phlegm sometimes but mostly dry. Don't smoke anymore I'm 27.

Requires exam: and evaluation. Possibilities include lung infection/inflammation allergies, reflux of stomach acid, low grade viral infection etc. and requires exam , x-ray and possible pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a clinical finding in which a person has a cough but does not produce ...Read more