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I have a cough that won't go away.

I have a cough that won't go away.

More info, please!: How long have you had it? What makes it better? or worse? Do you smoke? Are there any other symptoms, like fever, weight loss, trouble breathing? Ask again, and give more details. Remember that there is a 150 character limit for questions, inc. spaces and punctuation, so keep it brief but complete! ...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 cough that won't go away. What should I do?

I have a cough that won't go away. What should I do?

See ENT: Evaluation should include a chest x-ray, fiberoptic scope evaluation of your nose and larynx. The problem can be allergy or sinusitis dripping from your nose, acid refluxing from your stomach and esophagus, asthma, and others. Sometimes it is a twitchy vocal fold for months after a cold. Pertussis can cause a cough for months as well. An ENT can usually help. ...Read more

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I have a headache and it wont go away I have trtried?

Doctors visit: Time to see a doctor to find out the cause of your headaches. ...Read more

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I have a small dry cough that won't go away. What should I do?

I have a small dry cough that won't go away. What should I do?

Try this: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. ...Read more

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I have a cough that doesn't seem to go away feels like I have something in my throat n makes me cough what can I take?

I have a cough that doesn't seem to go away feels like I have something in my throat n makes me cough what can I take?

Two things: It could be posterior nasal drip from sinuses, if continues, have ENT scope it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a blocked nose that wont go away what should I do?

I have a blocked nose that wont go away what should I do?

Get checked: You need to see an ENT specialist to evaluate this. There could be some type of intranasal lesion, mass , or more commonly something such as nasal polyps. Even more commonly, this could be an allergic problem. I wouldn't be alarmed, but it is in your best interest to have a good exam and check up. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection get worse without treatment? I thought mine went away but now I have really bad headaches still that wont go away.

Can a sinus infection get worse without treatment? I thought mine went away but now I have really bad headaches still that wont go away.

Sinus headache: Yes, untreated sinusitis can worsen and cause serious medical risks, especially if the sinus involved is the sphenoid sinus (deeper in the skull). Although what most people call sinus headache is actually a migraine, if you have headaches associated with prominent nasal congestion or heavy think nasal discharges you should see your doctor for treatment. Hope you feel well soon, . ...Read more

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Why do I have a sore throat that wont go away?

Why do I have a sore throat that wont go away?

Acid Reflux: This could be allergies or sinus drainage. It could also be acid reflux or chronic tonsillitis. Best to be seen by your local ent. ...Read more

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I have a cold i had a sore throat does it go away on its own i called my dr she said it will but how can I tell if I have bronchitis?

I have a cold i had a sore throat does it go away on its own i called my dr she said it will but how can I tell if I have bronchitis?

Bronchitis : You will have colored secretions if you need antibiotics with fevers or chills. Just drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest and you should get better good luck and good health.! ...Read more

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I have a really annoying cough that just won't go away if I talk I cough every other word in bed I cough constantly what can this be just a cold?

I have a really annoying cough that just won't go away if I talk I cough every other word in bed I cough constantly what can this be just a cold?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include post-nasal drip, gerd, especially if it worsens when you lie down. Another possibility is bronchospasm from any cause. These diagnoses all have different treatments so an evaluation by your doctor is necessary for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit and you doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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I have a blister on my toe that won't go away. Should i just ignore it?

I have a blister on my toe that won't go away. Should i just ignore it?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin blisters. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and insect bites can cause blisters on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have a little stye that wont go away, help?

I have a little stye that wont go away, help?

Chronic chalazion: You most likely have a chalazion, not a stye. A chalazion is a chronic infection in the eyelid gland, causing a small pea-shaped lump in the eyelid. This may respond to warm compresses and oral antibiotics, but sometimes this needs to be incised and drained. This is a simple office procedure that is not difficult for the patient to go through. See your eye doctor if this doesn't get better. ...Read more

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I have had mucus in my throat for a while now and it wont go away no matter what i try?

I have had mucus in my throat for a while now and it wont go away no matter what i try?

Allergies: Most likely cause will be chronic allergic rhinitis or chronic sinusitis. If there is associated fever or sputum discoloration, infection should be considered. Nasal spray along with decongestant should help. Antibiotics can be added if indications of infection. If no improvement, may need testing to rule out any immune dysfunction or any specific allergies. ...Read more

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I was sick about a month ago but now I have this. Cough that won't go away what can it be?

I was sick about a month ago but now I have this. Cough that won't go away what can it be?

Post nasal drip: Cough if more than 6 weeks needs to be worked up ( allergy, acid reflux, viral , ) take some mucnex and halls cough drops for 2 weeks if not better see a lung doctor or allergist and asthma specialist. ...Read more