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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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3rd night with fever 102. Very bad painful cough with mucus. Sore throat, hard to breathe. Going to dr in 5 hours. Will he give me antibiotics?

3rd night with fever 102. Very bad painful cough with mucus. Sore throat, hard to breathe. Going to dr in 5 hours. Will he give me antibiotics?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are only inidcated if there is evidence of a bacterial infection. Most causes of fever and cough in an otherwise healthy 29yo are not due to bacterial infection - they are dfo to viral infection. ...Read more

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My 11 year old son has a few bumps on the back of his tongue and its painful. He doesn't have fever or cough or sorethroat? What should I do?

My 11 year old son has a few bumps on the back of his tongue and its painful. He doesn't have fever or cough or sorethroat? What should I do?

Not likely related: The normal tongue has many little bumps and they are larger toward the back of the tongue (special tastebuds)--see picture. The sorethroat he has likely is not related to these bumps. It could be just a viral pharyngitis (viral throat infection may not be red/swollen) and not needing treatment beyond symptom control with motrin/sorethroat spray etc...If symptoms worsen, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an indentation type thing at my palate thaht is painful and suffering from runny nose fever and cough?

I have an indentation type thing at my palate thaht is painful and suffering from runny nose fever and cough?

Thing: Most likely cause is viral, not necessarily the same one causing your cold symptoms. See your Dentist for "thing" diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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Painful cough that produces phlegm, congestion, fatigue and night sweats for 10 days and without fever. Cold or something else?

Painful cough that produces phlegm, congestion, fatigue and night sweats for 10 days and without fever. Cold or something else?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you and having imaging studies, physical exam and lengthy history it is impossible to evaluate you on the internet. Go and see a doctor and be professionally assessed. Good luck. ...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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I had a chest cold five weeks ago. I have asthma. Cough is worse, low fever and very painful under left breast coughing and at rest. Bronchitis?

I had a chest cold five weeks ago. I have asthma. Cough is worse, low fever and very painful under left breast coughing and at rest. Bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis...: You likely have acute bronchitis due to either a bacterial or viral infection. You also may be having some related bronchospasm contributing to the cough. See your doctor to determine the best treatment. If you are having increased shortness of breath, go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Headache, fever, aches and pains all over. Fatigue, very painful chest with cough. Loads of phlegm being coughed up, yellow/green in colour.?

Headache, fever, aches and pains all over. Fatigue, very painful chest with cough. Loads of phlegm being coughed up, yellow/green in colour.?

Pneumonia: Sounds like you have serious chest infection. See your doctor asap before your condition deteriorates any further. ...Read more

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I've had a constant cough for 5/6 weeks where I cough up flem my throat isn't painful but my right side is I have a fever and antibiotics didn't work?

I've had a constant cough for 5/6 weeks where I cough up flem my throat isn't painful but my right side is I have a fever and antibiotics didn't work?

Test Sample: Bring a sample of the phlegm to your dr and have them run a culture. It's possible you were not on the correct antibiotic. Also recommend a chest x-ray at the least. ...Read more

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Have a scratchy, slightly painful throat. Comes & goes~few weeks. Cough in pm, often during sleep. No fevers/congestion. Ideas? First OTC med to try?

Have a scratchy, slightly painful throat. Comes & goes~few weeks. Cough in pm, often during sleep. No fevers/congestion. Ideas? First OTC med to try?

Acid Reflux: This sounds like classic acid reflux or what we call silent reflux in my specialty without the typical burning, belching. I usually recommend prilosec OTC in am and zantac OTC in pm before bed - try for 6 weeks - if no improvement see your primary doctor. ...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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PAINFUL sore throat gets worse each day lasted for 5 days accompanied by cough, fever, congestion. What to do about this and how long will it last?

PAINFUL sore throat gets worse each day lasted for 5 days accompanied by cough, fever, congestion. What to do about this and how long will it last?

A cold?: Although the symptoms are compatible with a viral infection, the worsening sore throat is of concern. If it is just a common cold, the nasal symptoms and fever will likely subside by the 10th day but the cough may linger for a few more weeks. On the other hand, you will need to rule out a strep throat (although it is not expected to cause a cough) & thus a doctor's visit is recommended ...Read more

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I am now on day 3 of a wheezy cough. It's become harder to breathe today, fever ranges from 99.9-101.3 on & off, also sweating on & off. Cough is very painful, my breathing is shortened. Cannot see my family doctor until Monday. I've been lathered in Vick

I am now on day 3 of a wheezy cough. It's become harder to breathe today, fever ranges from 99.9-101.3 on & off, also sweating on & off. Cough is very painful, my breathing is shortened. Cannot see my family doctor until Monday. I've been lathered in Vick

Need to go to urgent: Care now if you are still having this level of difficulty tonight especially if it involves shortness of breath, fever & painful coughs. If it sounds like a barking cough, even more so. Don't wait until Monday if u need immediate help. You don't list any meds you are taking other than Vicks Vaporub & that won't help a upper respiratory infection, asthma, bronchitis, or pneumonia, or whooping cough. ...Read more

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I'm snowed in and in the 4th day of an extreme sore throat, cough and possible fever. Swallowing is very painful, and the cough is constant tickle?

HealthTap Prime...: If you connect with one of the HealthTap physicians in your area, you can discuss this in some detail over HealthTap Prime or through the Concierge service. A severe sore throat with trouble swallowing and fever should have abscess of tonsils or strep throat ruled out. Abscess tends to be pain and swelling more on one side. Antibiotics may be needed in your case, but this could also be viral. ...Read more

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Hard to breathe from nose, yellow sputum, painful cough, fatigue, and upper chest pain. No fever.

Hard to breathe from nose, yellow sputum, painful cough, fatigue, and upper chest pain. No fever.

Infection: These symptoms are consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection which usually resolves without specific treatment in a week or so. Signs that a more serious infection is present include fever, chills, sweats, worsening cough, chest pain on deep breathing, increasing discolored sputum, and shortness of breath. See your physician if your symptoms persist or worsen? Chest xray, antibiotics ...Read more

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Been down for about 3 days. Painful cough w/stringy thick yellow phlegm. Low fever 100.6 Painful joints. Head pressure. No vomit. What could it be?

Been down for about 3 days. Painful cough w/stringy thick yellow phlegm. Low fever 100.6 Painful joints. Head pressure. No vomit. What could it be?

Mgt/workup: Your symptoms may be related to a viral illness, including influenza. If your joints are swollen or red, I would suggest a visit with your doctor. If you have a sore throat, then a strep test can be obtained at that time. ...Read more

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Painful cough that produces phlegm, runny nose, fatigue and night sweats for more than a week. Is it a cold or something more serious? (no fever)

CXR/TB test/M.D.: Most uncomplicated viral illnesses will not involve chest pain or night sweats. There may be another condition involved. A TB test and chest radiograph may be ordered by your doctor. Sometimes the lining of the lung can be inflamed and will cause pain especially upon inhalation. Flu symptoms tend to improve over the course of one week. ...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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Blister looking bumps in the back of my throat? It's very painful to swallow, cough, hard to talk and I have a fever of 101F. What's wrong?

Blister looking bumps in the back of my throat? It's very painful to swallow, cough, hard to talk and I have a fever of 101F. What's wrong?

Viral infection: This could be a herpes simplex infection or other virus infection of your throat. I recommend that you go to the hospital emergency room and get examined and cultured. Treatment will be prescribed if it appears to be a herpes infection and soothing oral solutions can be given for the discomfort as well. ...Read more

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I think I have strep throat but I can't see my tonsils to check for white spots. I have a cough, very painful throat, mild fever, headache?

I think I have strep throat but I can't see my tonsils to check for white spots. I have a cough, very painful throat, mild fever, headache?

Difficult issue: Viral agents cause most of the issues you report, but strep is still possible. You are still in an age group where untreated strep might lead to significant heart, kidney and nervous system complications down the road if untreated. Even strep may feel better in a day or two, but feeling better doesn't change the risk. Time for you to go see doc. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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