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I Have A Bad Cough And Sore Throat
Hello yes I have a bad cough, headache and sore throat and body feels extremely tired. What can be causing this?
Flu? Other virus?: These symptoms are typical for influenza, especially if there is fever, but also for many other viruses -- maybe just a bad cold. Pneumonia is possible. There's no way to know for sure without professional evaluation. Contact your doctor ASAP; treatment can be given to speed recovery from flu, or an antibiotic may be recommended if it's bronchitis or pneumonia. Good luck. ...Read more
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
I have a bad cough, sore throat, stuffy nose that started 2 days ago. Going on vacation in 2 days. Should I be well by then?
Probably not: The rule on most upper respiratory infections is two weeks with treatment, 14 days without. Hope it's a long vacation. ...Read more
I have had a bad cough and a sore throat for about 4 days now and it keeps getting worse. My ears now hurt and it hurts to breathe?
I currently have a bad cough, sore throat, ear infection, runny nose, and headache/fever. Any ways to remove it?
I have viral /flu symptoms for 5 days. I still have body aches, fever bad cough and sore throat. I now developed diahrea and cramps. Will it pass?
Viral infection: Sounds like you have a viral infection which should pass in a few days. Make sure you drink a lot of fluids (with electrolytes like sports drinks) to prevent dehydration. Should you develop rash, weakness, observe blood in stools or feel much worse, consult your physician. ...Read more
I had a bad cough and sore throat Sunday I had surgery 11/10/14 in now the cough is worse throat is worse chest hurting upper back is hurting?
Talk to your doctor: With recent surgery history now having cough, it should be wise to come see your doctor again. We don't know your medical history especially history of your recent surgery so we cannot give you good advice. Talk to your doctor who know more about you and what risks if any from your recent illness that might relate to your current cough and sore throat. ...Read more
I've had a bad cough and sore throat for about 9 days I'm getting back, chest and belly pains Headaches and dizziness spells. What could It be/advice?
Sounds like flu: It sounds like you have had influenza. It can cause upper respiratory symptoms and body aches. It can take a few weeks for the symptoms to resolve. If you are having high fevers and shortness of breath you need to see a doctor. If not, drink plenty of fluids, take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin and rest and you should feel better in a week or so. ...Read more
Muscle pain: Hard coughing fits can cause the muscles of the back and abdomen to become sore. Combined with sore throat may be start of upper respiratory infection. Drink plenty of water, hot tea/honey for cough and heating pad for back. Most viral infections will worsen by day 3 and improve by day 5. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics as they only help in bacterial infections. If rapidly worsen see MD ...Read more
Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good for bad sore throat this sore throat started 2 days ago and now I have a bad cough and it burns when I cough?
I lost my voice on 4/9, on 4/11 I started a bad cough, starting 4/13 when I have a bad cough attack I get real bad sharp pains a I do have phlem, clear-white in color, sometimes at night it feels like my throat is closing up. I don't have a sore throat.
It sounds like you have a viral infection which caused laryngitis (loss of voice because virus affected your voice box). Then it has moved into bronchitis, which is causing coughing attacks. Feeling of throat closing up and coughing fits could be from bronchospasm, which is due to narrowing and swelling of air ways.
I recommend that you should see your physician for treatment. Bronchospasm is treated with albuterol. This medication helps relieve the spasm in the airways, helps the cough too. While this is being treated and it taking time to improve, cough can be suppressed with cough medication too in the mean time. If symptoms are treated, that will give the body chance to rest and divert that energy to fight the infection too. ...Read more
Hello doctor I have a bad cough all night and day long with a sore throat and body achy with a fever of 101.5 everything I've been taking at home for my cough and achyness is not helping is there anything you can call in for me that can help?
I have a bad cough and lots of mucous. I also have a sore throat. When I swallow it I have pain in one of my ears. What could it be?
Common cold: That is what this sounds like.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've recently got a sore throat. Its painful and hurts to swallow etc. I've found red lumps on my tonsils and have a bad cough. Any ideas what it might be?
Medical eval: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
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
My favorite: My favorite is a classic "hot toddy." specifically I use a camomile tea with honey, lemon juice and either rum or whiskey (about half-a-shot). The choice of spirits is up to you. The point is to drink a warm liquid that will relax you and open up your airways. (adult only for alcohol, however, lemon, honey, and tea can be used alone for those abstaining or kids.). ...Read more
For 5 days I have had a bad cough that hurts my throat so I have had a sore throat some headaches & when I'm on my side and I breath my chest hurts?
Chest pain: Time to go see the doc and see what is going on. ...Read more
Since friday my nose has been completely blocked, I got a sore throat and a bad cough. How to I get rid of all these symptoms?
She had been in burnt houses doing clean up, now she has a bad cough, sore throat, chest pain, &shortness of breath. What will help?
Don't treat at home: She needs to see her doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have an sore throat and a bad cough for about 4 days now. Before this I had quite a runny nose and headaches for 2 weeks. What does it sound like?
I've had a bad cough for 6 days, it start with a sore throat. Had chest tightness and wheezing. This morning my ear popped and won't pop back, advice?
Don't worry: I'm sorry you've had a bad cough for 6 days. No need to worry about the ear popping back. As the congestion in your upper respiratory system resolves the pressure in your eustachian tube will come back to normal on its own. You don't need to do anything. Don't try to "pop it back". No need to focus on it. Turn your attention to other things and you will find it will resolve in time. Best wishes. ...Read more
For 3 days I've had a very sore throat, swollen glands, a low fever and a bad cough. My throat/tonsils aren't red or inflamed though, please help!
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
The last 3 nights I wake up with bad cough and sore throat I have no fever and some cough during the day worse at night?
Viral URI: Most likely you have a viral upper respiratory infection. These tend to last 7-10 days before your immune system has cleared it. If you have sinus pressure or pain in your forehead or around your face you may have a sinus infection also. Saltwater gargles and zinc lozenges may help your throat. If symptoms worsen or last longer than 10 days see your Dr. ...Read more
Really bad cough and sore throat, doc gave me antibiotic. Would drinking sleep time tea be okay? I also take enalapril and synthroid (thyroxine).
Pediatrician: Call your pediatrician for an appointment. In the meantime keep them well hydrated and resting in bed. ...Read more
Bad cough feels like there is mucus stuck or something if that makes since but no sore throat or flue like symptoms but Is there anything I could take?
Steam inhalations: Steam inhalation work wonders. If it does not work see your MD ...Read more
I have COPD and have had a really bad cough which makes me vomit, and a really sore throat, I have had it for a week?
This is serious: Enough to see u pulmonologist or at least u pcp for evaluation. ...Read more
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