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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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Temp began tues 2ish contr. W/ meds productive cough runny nose wakeful nights. How long should fever last before requiring antibiotics? Chest clear

Temp began tues 2ish contr. W/ meds productive cough runny nose wakeful nights. How long should fever last before requiring antibiotics?  Chest clear

VIral most likely: If this illness is an uncomplicated viral illness, then the fever should typically resolve within three days.
If there is a cough that lingers more than 10 days, any pain or other symptoms such as a rash, I would advise a visit with your PCP.
Nasal saline with gentle bulb suction can improve comfort and breathing. ...Read more

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I have had an ongoing cough for around 4 years. I am not a smoker. Had tests done numerous times. Some des thought it was feeds. Take Prilosec. I ha?

I have had an ongoing cough for around 4 years. I am not a smoker. Had tests done numerous times. Some des thought it was feeds. Take Prilosec. 

I ha?

Have you considered: Given that this has been ongoing for 4 years, and apparently has not deteriorated to anything worse, have you considered Vocal Cord Dysfunction? This commonly goes under diagnosed, because it requires a scope to take a look at your vocal cords. ...Read more

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I had cough for 4 weeks now I have been prescribed antibiotics for a week but i still have the tingly cough. At first I had a mucus clear cough?

I had cough for 4 weeks now I have been prescribed antibiotics for a week but i still have the tingly cough. At first I had a mucus clear cough?

Possibility.....: Typically, a bacterial bronchitis, treated with antibiotics, resolves within about 7-10 days. Since your cough is lasting longer than that, you may have bronchospasm that can occur following a bout of acute bronchitis. The treatment usually consists of a bronchodilator inhaler and perhaps a steroid inhaler. See your doctor again for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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In whooping cough should I take antibiotic or antibacterial?

In whooping cough should I take antibiotic or antibacterial?

Verified: True whooping cough (pertussis) is treated with antibiotics. This can reduce spread to others, but will seldom change the course of the cough in adults. This condition has the nick name "100 days cough" ...Read more

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Do you only take antibiotics for whooping cough?

Do you only take antibiotics for whooping cough?

See below: Erythromycin is the main stay of pertussis treatment. Azithromycin is an alternative. The earlier treatment is started the more effective it will be. Supportive care especially for infants is of paramount importance. Other adjunctive treatment with corticosteroids, salbutamol, pertussis specific igg and antihistamines have been used but no significant benefit was found with any of them. ...Read more

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I have currently cough and colds, may I ask what type of antibiotic I need to take? Thank you.

Seasonal flu...: You most likely have a seasonal flu caused by a virus. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Get plenty of rest, keep fluid intake up, NSAID's for fever/aches. ...Read more

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I'm currently having cough and colds right now, can I ask what is the best antibiotic I need to take? Thank you.

I'm currently having cough and colds right now, can I ask what is the best antibiotic I need to take? Thank you.

Upper respiratory: Many of our colds are viral infections and antibiotics will not help at all. Rest, ibuprofen, decongestants and plenty of fluid help most, along with time. If yo truly have a bacterial infection, the penicillin class or cephalosporin class are first line treatments, followed by macrolides like clarithromycin and azithromycin. ...Read more

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Wat should I do, i sufferring cough for a month already? I'll already take med. Antibiotic & for cough but it doesn't get well.?

Wat should I do, i sufferring cough for a month already? I'll already take med. Antibiotic & for cough but it doesn't get well.?

Be patient: After an upper respiratory infection, it can take time for your body to recover. In the absence of weakness, aches or fever, you likely need to stay hydrated and let your body heal. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take lemsip and antibiotics and cough bottle together?

Is it ok to take lemsip and antibiotics and cough bottle together?

Lemsip: There are several lemsip. If you take the one without the cough medicine in it, then all are compatible. ...Read more

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I have had a course of antibiotics and have finished them due to a bad cough it has now been 3 weeks and it still hasn't cleared. Lose my breath?

I have had a course of antibiotics and have finished them due to a bad cough it has now been 3 weeks and it still hasn't cleared. Lose my breath?

Cough: You have not shared anything about yourself, not even your age let alone medical history to offer you a relevant response; however, you may have a reactive airway disorder due to inhalational allergy. Try an antihistamine and you may need an inhaled bronchodilator or steroid to improve your breathing. ...Read more

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Came down with pneumonia 3 weeks ago. Took 10 days of antibiotics, dr said it was clear. Now I've had a bad dry deep cough for a week. Normal or not?

Came down with pneumonia 3 weeks ago. Took 10 days of antibiotics, dr said it was clear. Now I've had a bad dry deep cough for a week.  Normal or not?

Pneumonia: It is possible for this to be normal recovery but that depends in large part on the cause of your pneumonia and whether the infection involved the tracheobronchial tree. If the latter you may be having residual recovery of these tissues. If this was one of the atypical pneumonias like mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, the cough may well go on for weeks. ...Read more

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Taking tamiflu (oseltamivir). Cough and mucus present should I take antibiotics?

Taking tamiflu (oseltamivir). Cough and mucus present should I take antibiotics?

Cough and mucous: Doesn't mean you have a bacterial infection, which is the only reason to take an antibiotic. If your doctor has seen you and is recommending an antibiotic, then you should certainly follow their recommendation, but if you haven't been seen or your symptoms have changed since a visit with them, you should re-contact them to discuss and/or be seen. ...Read more

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My daughter has thick cough with no phlegm and also colds. What antibiotic should she take?

My daughter has thick cough with no phlegm and also colds. What antibiotic should she take?

If Viral, none: Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections. Instead of antibiotics, treat cold with supportive care. If daughter is over 1 year of age, try using honey for cough. Salt water drops can help to relieve nasal congestion. Also avoid multi-symptom preparations as they are not recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics. ...Read more

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I have a cough 2 days now and I feel pain to my lunges my temperature is 38 to 39.2 is it correct to take an antibiotic like zithromax?

I have a cough 2 days now and I feel pain to my lunges my temperature is 38 to 39.2 is it correct to take an antibiotic like zithromax?

Not necessarily: Most coughs and respiratory problems are viral in which antibiotics don't help. However, you need a thorough history and physical to determine whether yours is indeed viral. Supportive care — fluids, humidifier in the room, lukewarm mist inhalation, Vicks chest rub applications plus over-the-counter medications such as Robitussin (guaifenesin) or Robitussin (guaifenesin)-DM are often helpful and sufficient, but better check. ...Read more

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Every winter I get a severe cough in spasms that lasts for 4 months.seems to be lasting longer each year.not asthma test done. Antibiotics no good?

Every winter I get a severe cough in spasms that lasts for 4 months.seems to be lasting longer each year.not asthma test done. Antibiotics no good?

Possibilities...: A cough that lasts for 4 months is by definition a chronic cough. Possible causes include bronchospasm, GERD, sinus disease. Each of these should be aggressively treated until the cough is controlled. The likely diagnosis is bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Antibiotics are not needed since an infection would be shorter duration. See a lung doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cough, I'm on day 6 of antibiotics, the phlegm has returned to clear but I have fits of wretching coughing where it feels like I'm drowning.?

I have a cough, I'm on day 6 of antibiotics, the phlegm has returned to clear but I have fits of wretching coughing where it feels like I'm drowning.?

It happens: There is often an increase in the amount of coughing as the treatment progresses. Coughing is an automatic reflex that helps clear the deep lung of retained mucous and irritants.As treatment kills of germs the debris must be removed. It should gradually improve as the meds get ahead of the germs. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take qvar and xopenex (levalbuterol) for cough from pneumonia. Already on antibiotic (11yo)?

Is it ok to take qvar and xopenex (levalbuterol) for cough from pneumonia.  Already on antibiotic (11yo)?

Yes: If you are an asthmatic taking both medications is a good idea while you have pneumonia. They should help with the cough and improve your bronchospasm and inflammation. Use your medications according to your asthma action plan written by your doctor. ...Read more

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My periods are late for 2 months. I had last periods on october 25 after tat I had to take antibiotics for cough after tat iam having no periods. Iam m?

Question unclear: At 26, you are not likely to be starting menopause. Are you pregnant? Infectious illnesses can cause menstrual irregularities. Take a pregnancy test. If your periods do not start again in a month or so, see an ob/gyn doctor. ...Read more

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Dx early dbl pneumonia 5 days ago, now done with antibiotics. Is it okay to take a cough suppressant at night only?

Dx early dbl pneumonia 5 days ago, now done with antibiotics.  Is it okay to take a cough suppressant at night only?

Usually yes: If a person has no problem taking cough suppressants (such as Robitussin (guaifenesin) or other over-the-counter cough medicines) when she has no pneumonia, then she can use the same cough suppressants when she has a pneumonia. The otc meds are not strong. Her doctor can advise on the use of stronger or prescription cough suppressants. ...Read more

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Family has a cold then cough for nearly a month (clear mucus). Worsened recently. Husband has asthma and on antibiotics somewhat improved. What next?

Cough?: You don't treat asthma with an antibiotic. There are a number of good medicines to treat your husband's asthma. If her is still coughing after a month maybe he should be seen by someone else to help him manage his condition. ...Read more

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What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

See doctor: Since there are many causes for a chronic cough (lasting more than 3 monrh? ) one needs to establish the cause before treating it. Antibiotic does not help a viral infection and its overuse has created MRSA. If you have a persistent fever, you may need to get a bronchoscopy. Since most chronic coughs are caused by more than a single factor, I suggest that you consult an allergist or pulmonologi ...Read more

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Persistent allergic cough for 10 days. Yellowish phlegm at times. Am taking cetrizine/expecorant. Should I take antibiotics as there is no relief?

Persistent allergic cough for 10 days. Yellowish phlegm at times. Am taking cetrizine/expecorant. Should I take antibiotics as there is no relief?

Probably not...: If your cough is due to allergies, you may have some bronchospasm which is best treated with a bronchodilator inhaler and possibly a steroid inhaler. You need to see your doctor for evaluation. You may even need pulmonary function testing to see if the cough is due to bronchospasm. Antibiotics would only be indicated if there was a clear bacterial etiology which you do not describe. ...Read more

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I was told need to take z-Pac antibiotics for persistent cough. Is there any other way as I don't like taking antibiotics for reasons of superbugs?

I was told need to take z-Pac antibiotics for persistent cough. Is there any other way as I don't like taking antibiotics for reasons of superbugs?

You do not: You do not take antibiotic for cough.
Unless the cough is productive with brown to green sputum, and associated with fever, or the lung sounds that you have a bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia.
otherwise, take a cough medicine to stop the cough.
See a doctor fpr evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Fairly sure I have bronchitis. Yellowish cough, sore throat, generally don't feel well. Do folks take antibiotic for this or wing it?

Fairly sure I have bronchitis. Yellowish cough, sore throat, generally don't feel well. Do folks take antibiotic for this or wing it?

Bronchitis: This is the type of condition that we used to treat with antibiotics with right away. We now know better that antibiotics did not hasten recovery, they resulted in resistant organisms, and increased healthcare costs. I would treat your symptoms with OTC medications. If you develop a high fever, symptoms are no better or worse after 5-7 days, seek medical care. Antibiotics should be the last resort ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more