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How can I get ride of my scratchy raspy voice and my chest congestion and bad cough of 3 months?

How can I get ride of my scratchy raspy voice and my chest congestion and bad cough of 3 months?

Could be reflux: A cough that has lasted more than 8 weeks is most often cause by one of four reason: 1. Allergies or post nasal drip 2. Gerd (reflux or heartburn) 3. Asthma that is manifesting as cough 4. Due to medicines, most commonly ace inhibitors which are used for high blood pressure. Of course this is assuming you are not a smoker, if you are then this may be chronic bronchitis. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

OTC meds: Medications like Guaifenesin which could be found in Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) can be helpful. Also for nasal stuffiness you could try afrin nasal spray one spray in each nostril twice a day. Please only take for three days as there's a high risk of rebound rhinitis if you take for longer than three days. ...Read more

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I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

I have terrible chest congestion with a itchy cough in my lungs. I am on a z-pac. How long does it usually take to clear up?

Doctor can re-check: After starting antibiotics, things should be better each day after the first 2 days. Otherwise, the doctor can re-check to see if a different antibiotic or a longer course of antibiotics is needed. Sometimes asthma meds such as inhalers and anti-inflammatories like singulair (montelukast) or Prednisone are also needed. If doing well, a mild residual cough can be around for a couple of weeks, improving daily. ...Read more

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Itchy throat chest congestion cough what is it?

Itchy throat chest congestion cough what is it?

How long?: Itching is often associated with allergy. If you have had these symptoms for more than 2 weeks or they have been recurring, they are likely from allergies. Consult an allergist to find out what may be ailing you and whether you may have asthma as well. If there is a family history of allergies, then your chances of having allergies get much higher. ...Read more

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My daughter has a rash on her chest. Sandpaper feel, itchy, with cough and chest congestion, no fever associated. Although vague, what could this be?

My daughter has a rash on her chest. Sandpaper feel, itchy, with cough and chest congestion, no fever associated. Although vague, what could this be?

Viral Exanthem: Most likely symptoms are related to viral illness but if she starts having a fever and sore throat then it could be scarlet fever related to Streptococcal infection. Finally the two symptoms could be unrelated with a common cold and dry winter skin or skin irritation from an agent contacting her skin. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and itchy ears. It has been 2 days and it is only getting worse. What could this be?

I have a very sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and itchy ears. It has been 2 days and it is only getting worse. What could this be?

Congestion: Likely a viral illness. Can take a week to 10 days to run its course. Typically medicate symptoms and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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18wks prego w/strep throat can I let it ride out? Antibiotics? Had chest congestion&100.6 fever thursday. Now just have bad cough, sore throat&runny

18wks prego w/strep throat can I let it ride out? Antibiotics? Had chest congestion&100.6 fever thursday. Now just have bad cough, sore throat&runny

? documented?: Many soar throats are self healing viruses. Only testing could tell if you really had strep. If you do, the common meds used to treat it pose no risk to baby, while your failure to treat might create problems for you. ...Read more

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What medicine is safe to take during pregnancy for extreme headache, bad. Cough, and chest congestion?

What medicine is safe to take during pregnancy for extreme headache, bad. Cough, and chest congestion?

Depends on trimester: During 1st trimester always bet to avoid meds. Later on tylenol (acetaminophen) is okay and technically speaking an opioid antitussive should be okay. Discuss with OB before taking any new meds. Avoid all nsaids. ...Read more

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I have a 16 month old son that has had a 102 to103 degree fever for 24 hours now accompanied by an occasional bad cough sounds like chest congestion?

I have a 16 month old son that has had a 102 to103 degree fever for 24 hours now accompanied by an occasional bad cough sounds like chest congestion?

Stable?: As long as he is not in pain, taking fluids well and more or less acting normally, this does not sound as if it is an emergency. If this changes or he is having breathing difficulties, call your doctor right away. Or if fever more than 3-4 days. ...Read more

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Exposed to MRSA and now experiencing hoarse voice, eczema, rash on hand, chest congestion, harsh cough and headache. Could this be mrsa?

Exposed to MRSA and now experiencing hoarse voice, eczema, rash on hand, chest congestion, harsh cough and headache. Could this be mrsa?

MRSA: If MRSA infection is moderate, some of the symptoms that may be present include headache, a general sick feeling, muscle aches, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, shivering and chest pain of mild to medium intensity. More severe cases of MRSA infection usually have worsening symptoms, including: muscle aches, joint pain, bone pain, chest pain, painful breathing, shortness of breath, and fever. ...Read more

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I have a scratchy throat, sore throat, hoarse voice, chest pain, nasal congestion, dry cough and it's not going out, it is been for 1 week already.

I have a scratchy throat, sore throat, hoarse voice, chest pain, nasal congestion, dry cough and it's not going out, it is been for 1 week already.

Viral URI: If you develop fever, chills, difficulty breathing or other systemic symptoms go and see a doctor. Otherwise you have a "cold" and should recover withing a week or so. Hope sooner. Good luck. ...Read more

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Itchy throat, chest congestion every night for 1 week, what medicine should I take?

Itchy throat, chest congestion every night for 1 week, what medicine should I take?

Post nasal drip: OTC antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec may be beneficial along with warm water gargling to remove accumulated mucous, If not relieved with 1 week- seek a medical exam. ...Read more

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I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

? Both: Allergies can be superimposed by infections, especially viral infections, can give same symptoms as having colds, trust there are drug stores where you currently are, saline nasal washes, salt water gargles, plenty of fluids and rest as much as you can will definitely help, allergy meds with decongestants, unless hypertensive, taken regularly would help too, antibiotics later if those measures fail ...Read more

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Pleasse help me! How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Pleasse help me! How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Short answer: You could try Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm and drinking lots of water but, if you have had your symptoms for a week or more or if you have risk factors like smoking or having shortenss of breath, fever and chills, you really should see your doc. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Depends...: On the cause. One common cause is asthma, and there are many very good medications on the market to control asthma inflammation in the airways and decrease the cough and congestion that result from that inflammation. You need a thorough evaluation by a doctor to help you identify the cause of your chest symptoms. ...Read more

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I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?

I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?

URI: It sounds like you may have an upper respiratory infection with associated laryngitis. This could be bacterial or viral and best to see your physician to see if you need an antibiotic and/or medication to reduce swelling ...Read more

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Please recommend the best medicine to get rid of cough, chest congestion?

Please recommend the best medicine to get rid of cough, chest congestion?

Cough treatment: To get rid of cough, you have to treat the underlined conditions. Cough is a symptom, not a disease. Therefore, there is no one best medication to get rid of cough. ...Read more

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I've had a cough and chest congestion for three weeks. Antibiotics and OTC meds aren't helping. What else can I do?

I've had a cough and chest congestion for three weeks. Antibiotics and OTC meds aren't helping. What else can I do?

See doctor...: Possible etiologies for this cough include bronchospasm from any cause, (like allergy), gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor so the correct diagnosis and treatment can be given. If you are short of breath, go to the er for evaluation. If you smoke, you need to quit today and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Should you get small children to cough up and spit out mucus from chest congestion?

Should you get small children to cough up and spit out mucus from chest congestion?

Cough in chidren sma: Small children unfortunately can not cough up the mucus and the just swallow it, which is ok, as it does not cause any ill effects. Cough in small children should not be suppressed, but if there is coexisting bronchospasm or pneumonia it should be appropritely treated. There is no need for cough medicines in this age group as it does not help much and can be harmful. ...Read more

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2 y/o w ear infec bin on amoxicilin for 5 dy fever gon is playful but stil no apetit n chest congestion n cough as bad as day1. Switch antib?

2 y/o w ear infec bin on amoxicilin for 5 dy fever gon is playful but stil no apetit n chest congestion n cough as bad as day1. Switch antib?

Otitis media: You may have continue the same abx, as it appears it has helped as the fever went down and child is playful. However if he is not improving in the next five days, you may have to take him back to the doctor. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this chest congestion and this cough?

How long have you: How long have you had the chest congestion and cough for? Do you have any lung issues or do you smoke? Any other medical problems? These factors will affect how your cough and chest condition are treated. Check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion that I can feel up to my neck. When I cough, I get a very sharp pain. What could be the cause of this?

I have chest congestion that I can feel up to my neck. When I cough, I get a very sharp pain. What could be the cause of this?

Possibilities...: If it has been present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely acute bronchitis which is usually of viral or bacterial origin. It will likely resolve on its own in a few days to week. If present for 3 weeks or more, it could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. This would need a doctor evaluation so treatment could be given. ...Read more

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I'm a healthy diabetic and I have a cough chest congestion and runny nose for about three weeks I have taken dayquil and nitequil what else can I do?

I'm a healthy diabetic and I have a cough chest congestion and runny nose for about three weeks I have taken dayquil and nitequil what else can I do?

Seek care: If the infection has lasted over 2 weeks, you need to be seen. The diabetes makes you more prone for serious infections and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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18 month old vomited once, diarrhea once, now bad chest congestion slight cough and a runny nose with no fever. What could this be?

18 month old vomited once, diarrhea once, now bad chest congestion slight cough and a runny nose with no fever. What could this be?

Viral illness: Sounds like a common viral illness. Do symptomatic treatment. Have the child seen if there is trouble breathing or not getting better after 5 days or so. ...Read more

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Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?

Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?

Sinus infection?: The mouth sores on your palate sounds viral, but if you have been sick for 3 weeks you might have a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics. See a doctor, rest and drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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