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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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My chest hurts, I have a bad cough, back pain, it hurts to cough, eating makes me sick, and I have mucus. What do I have wrong? It's been their days.

My chest hurts, I have a bad cough, back pain, it hurts to cough, eating makes me sick, and I have mucus. What do I have wrong? It's been their days.

See your Dr.: Those symptoms make me think that you might have pneumonia. This is the time to go see a doctor and get checked. There are other causes as well but they are going to require physical exam. Go see your doctor. Now is the time. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough from sinus infection that has gotten worse and now my chest hurts extremely bad when I cough, taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

I have a bad cough from sinus infection that has gotten worse and now my chest hurts extremely bad when I cough, taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

Who gave u Rx?: Whoever the doctor was that prescribed Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is the person you should go see asap. If you did this yourself, go get help from a qualified person. ...Read more

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What kind of flu like symptoms do I have, when my chest hurts & a bad cough?

What kind of flu like symptoms do I have, when my chest hurts & a bad cough?

Flu ?: Common flu symptoms are low grade temp, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sneezing -- you may have more than flu and it could be pneumonia -- go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough and chest pain for almost a week?

I have a bad cough and chest pain for almost a week?

Pneumonia: Consider pneumonia. Also consider inflammation of the lining surrounding the lung or chest muscles.

See your physician. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough and chest pain. I don't have a fever. Can you have pneumonia without a fever? Or do you always have a fever?

I have a bad cough and chest pain. I don't have a fever. Can you have pneumonia without a fever? Or do you always have a fever?

Either: You can have pneumonia without fever although it is usually present. If you have severe or worsening shortness of breath, high fever, vomiting, or any other worsening symptoms you should go get an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can someone do for a bad cough with chest pain?

What can someone do for a bad cough with chest pain?

Antitussives: The best relief from cough is prescription medication. Usually this comes in two main forms 1) non-narcotic 2) narcotic. Most of the non-narcotic forms use antihistamines or affect the cough receptors themselves (ie benzonoate). Narcotic cough medications usually contain either Codeine or a synthetic Codeine (like hydrocodone). ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for two years and was told its acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

I've had a bad cough for two years and was told its acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

Mgt: An inbox consultation is available and the imaging may be reviewed at that time.
The imaging can be uploaded for review.
Have you had a CF sweat test? Do you have a history of sinusitis or other infections?
There are several possible causes and I would suggest an appointment. ...Read more

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I have I fever of 101 I'm 34 an extremely bad cough with green mucous and chest hurts and just got over stre throat what is this also achy body?

I have I fever of 101 I'm 34 an extremely bad cough with green mucous and chest hurts and just got over stre throat what is this also achy body?

See doctor: Clarify how many days have you been sick you need to see a doctor to find out whether it is bacteria or viral. You may have started with a viral, but it can progress to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough, every morning I cough up a bunch of yellow/green flem, my chest hurts, and my throat hurts. No fever. What could this be?

I have a really bad cough, every morning I cough up a bunch of yellow/green flem, my chest hurts, and my throat hurts. No fever. What could this be?

URI: Hello,
Your symptoms could be due to a variety of causes. Much depends on the details you can provide such as duration, severity, aggravating/alleviating factors. Your symptoms could be due to a cold, sinus infection, allergy, acid reflux, tonsillitis, etc. If your symptoms persist beyond 5-7 days, see your doctor so they can prescribe appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I haven't eaten in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. I haven't eaten in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. The doctor said it's not strep throat and they

I haven't eaten in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. I haven't eaten in 2 weeks because my throat and chest hurt so bad when I swallow and I have a bad cough. The doctor said it's not strep throat and they

If : If you were given antibiotics and it did not work then there are two possibilites. One it is a virus and will not respond to antibiotics, two, your infection is caused by a bacterium that is not sensitive to the antibiotics given. By the date of this post about five days has passed. If you are still experinecing these symptoms you need to go back to your doctor. You could be dealing with a peritonsilar abscess which is a medical emergency. On the other handif you are better, you likely had a virus that is clearing.
Take care. ...Read more

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I feel a growing painful lump in my throat to chest when I burp. Super painful. I recently had the flu and still have a bad cough what is it? It hurts

I feel a growing painful lump in my throat to chest when I burp. Super painful. I recently had the flu and still have a bad cough what is it? It hurts

Could be many things: Something like that could be an esophageal ulcer, polyp or just plain irritation. A gastroenterologist can perform an endoscopy and look for structural abnormalities. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia? It hurts so bad in my chest ribs & lungs when I breathe I have a bad cough runny nose sore sinus cavaties & a horrible headache

Do I have pneumonia? It hurts so bad in my chest ribs & lungs when I breathe I have a bad cough runny nose sore sinus cavaties & a horrible headache

Not necessarily : Not necessarily. Do you have a fever? How long have you had your symptoms.
Sometimes heavy coughing can cause pain in your chest or rib cage. ...Read more

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I have strep. Is having a bad cough that hurts your chest normal or should I go back to the doctor??

I have strep. Is having a bad cough that hurts your chest normal or should I go back to the doctor??

Trending better?: If you know you have strep throat you are probably already on antibiotics. An over the counter cough medicine, like Delsym (dextromethorphan) would help the cough. Analgesics would help the aches, so I would give it a couple of days to see if you are trending better. If you are trending worse over the next couple or three days, I would go back to the doctor. ...Read more

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Woke up today w bad cough, no sputum (non-productive) that causes chest pain. Minor trouble breathing, runny nose, temp 99.2 f. cold or bronchitis?

Woke up today w bad cough, no sputum (non-productive) that causes chest pain. Minor trouble breathing, runny nose, temp 99.2 f. cold or bronchitis?

Both: A cold is an upper respiratory infection. Acute bronchitis is also an upper respiratory infection. I would say you have both: acute bronchitis caused by a cold. The risk is that you may have a LOWER respiratory infection (i.e. pneumonia) — the fever is the worrisome sign. You need to be seen by your doctor ASAP. Sometimes antibiotics really are needed! ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have a bad cough or a chest infection?

How can I tell whether I have a bad cough or a chest infection?

Cough: Sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or something more serious. I usually tell my patients to be seen with persistant fevers, difficulty breathing, wheezing, cough productive of blood or a cough that worsens. Without a chest xray and examination you can't tell. ...Read more

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My chest and throat feel itchy almost painful. And I have a bad cough what could this be?

My chest and throat feel itchy almost painful. And I have a bad cough what could this be?

Throat and chest: Frequently, itching is a symptom of an allergy. Post nasal drip from the nose or sinuses can lead to irritated throat and cough. Asthma can present as a recurrent cough and asthma is frequently associated with allergies. An evaluation could include lung function testing, allergy testing and possibly sinus ct scan. ...Read more

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What do I have? I have a bad cough, tightning of the chest, stuffy nose, stopped up ears, feel clammy and achy and a little sore throat

What do I have? I have a bad cough, tightning of the chest, stuffy nose, stopped up ears, feel clammy and achy and a little sore throat

You : You likely have an upper respiratory infection. Stay well hydrated with water. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal antiflammatory medications can help with the achiness, headache and with possible fever. Gargling several times a day with warm salt water would help the throat. An oral decongestant would probably relieve some of your symptoms. If you develop a fever of 104 or above or have any difficulty breathing, then recommend you be seen at an er or acute care clinic. If you aren't getting better within a week you should contact your physician. Hope this passes quickly. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more