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Hello yes I have a bad cough, headache and sore throat and body feels extremely tired. What can be causing this?

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

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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I have a bad cough sore throat and blocked nose and when I cough I gag what's wrong with me?

I have a bad cough sore throat and blocked nose and when I cough I gag what's wrong with me?

Common cold?: Impossible to accurately diagnose you over the internet but this may be due to excessive secretions in the back of the throat or dripping down from the nose and sinuses so that when you cough you cannot clear it all effectively and it chokes you slightly. ...Read more

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I currently have a bad cough, sore throat, ear infection, runny nose, and headache/fever. Any ways to remove it?

I currently have a bad cough, sore throat, ear infection, runny nose, and headache/fever. Any ways to remove it?

See a Dr.: There's only so much that can be done over the computer. Sounds like you certainly have some sort of an upper respiratory infection, so get evaluated and properly diagnosed (? Sinusitis), so the proper treatment will follow. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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

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I have a sore throat and my lower back hurts and I also have a bad cough?

I have a sore throat and my lower back hurts and I also have a bad cough?

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

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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?

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?

Not sure: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) types of antibiotics are usually for infections of the lower respiratory tract, less for bacterial pharyngitis. If it doesn't give improvement within 48 hours of starting, it may not be effective for your infection. ...Read more

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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: 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

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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?

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

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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

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What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

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

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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?

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?

URI: If you only have the above symptoms, you can take over the counter cough and cold medications, bed rest, hydration. See your primary care doctor if not better in 1 week or if you have additional symptoms like fever, headache etc. ...Read more

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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 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?

Likely a virus or 2: It's unlikely these were the same illness. Both illness sound like viral infections. If you develop fever or begin to feel worse see your doctor for an assessment. All the best protect others and if you qualify, make sure you are immunized for flu. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more