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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


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When do you need to see a doc? How much mucus (tsp) and color(s) are normal? How long is a cough suppose to last from flu/cold? Adult 45 fm

When do you need to see a doc? How much mucus (tsp) and color(s) are normal? How long is a cough suppose to last from flu/cold? Adult 45 fm

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How long should a cold and cough last in a one year old before taking them to the doctor? And can they do anything for the cold if you do take them?

How long should a cold and cough last in a one year old before taking them to the doctor? And can they do anything for the cold if you do take them?

7-10 Days: Many one year olds with cough with a cold for a week or so. If the coughs is severe (disrupting sleep, associated with fever >102, or limiting activity) i would go to the pediatrician. No over the counter medications work that well in this age group. Your pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics for an ear infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia; or a trial of an inhaled medication for wheeze. ...Read more

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After a nasty cough and cold, I developed terrible pain in my right ribs. Doctor says I have costroconditis. How long will it last?

After a nasty cough and cold, I developed terrible pain in my right ribs. Doctor says I have costroconditis. How long will it last?

Depends: If you are still coughing the cough makes your chest/rib joints move and thus the pain. I would see your doctor in another 1-2 weeks or if severe unbearable pain occurs. You could have cracked a rib or have pneumonia. Otherwise rest, ice, heat and try some cough syrup. Good luck ...Read more

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My 3 yr old seems to get sick so often with a cold followed by a cough that last too long albuterol inhaler makes it worse what to do please advice tkx ?

My 3 yr old seems to get sick so often with a cold followed by a cough that last too long albuterol inhaler makes it worse what to do please advice tkx ?

See below: First off post viral coughs can last up to 3 weeks. Next albuterol is not a "cold" medication but rather a reliever medication for asthma. As colds are a major trigger point for an asthma exacerbation it is frequently prescribed. You should check with your doctor on this as your son made need additional or alternative therapies. ...Read more

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Can you give a 7 yr old clindamyacin to help get over a 9 day old fever/cold, cough has gotten stronger. How long does a viral infection last?

Can you give a 7 yr old clindamyacin to help get over a 9 day old fever/cold, cough has gotten stronger. How long does a viral infection last?

My : My general rule of thumb in my clinic is that a cold that worsens after a week instead of improving needs to be re-evaluated. Most viral infections tend to improve after a week on their own. A worsening cough and fever could be an indication of a bacterial super-infection such as pneumonia, sinusitis or bronchitis. You should have the child seen by their doctor. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which works for some infections, but not for others, so an exam is very important so he/she gets the correct treatment. Do not use the Clindamycin unless instructed to by the child's doctor. ...Read more

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How long does a cough last if you have laryngitis?

How long does a cough last if you have laryngitis?

Depends: Everyone is different of course, but if treated appropriately, the cough should subside with the infection in 24-72 hours. ...Read more

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