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I have had a cough for a year?

I have had a cough for a year?

Doctor: Please see a doctor before you cough up a lung. No kidding, this is obviously not going away. This is going on 11 months too long. ...Read more

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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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Why have i had a productive cough for a week and a half?

Why have i had a productive cough for a week and a half?

Bronchitis: You could have ac bronchitis, you may need antibiotics and bronchodilators. ...Read more

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I have had a sore heel for a month?

I have had a sore heel for a month?

Heel pain: Heel pain can be a stress fracture of the calcaneus, nerve entrapment, bursitis, enthesopathy, or fat pad atrophy. The most common cause, however, is plantar fasciitis. See a podiatrist who can examine it properly and give you your answer and the treatment. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for more than a month, i don't smoke, should I be worried?

I have had a cough for more than a month, i don't smoke, should I be worried?

Get checked: There are several potential causes for this. A good history and exam will help to determine the cause. An x-ray may be suggested as well. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for a week?

I have been coughing for a week?

Advise you see a doc: At this point, you should see a doctor. Unable to make any kind of diagnosis here but need to take the next step. ...Read more

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Been having whooping cough for a year and a half, what should I do?

Been having whooping cough for a year and a half, what should I do?

Time for consult: Though whooping cough is well known for the "100 days cough", if you are still coughing a year or more later i would look into other diagnostic possibilities. Either your pcp or a pulmonary specialist could do some lung function studies on you to better define the process & come up with a plan for management. ...Read more

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I have had strep throat for a year?

I have had strep throat for a year?

Symptoms or + tests: There are people that carry strep A year round and will always have a positive rapid test or culture. Blood studies usually show the body is not reacting to the germ.When they come in with a viral sore throat, most treat it as strep.If you are a carrier, it is a bother, but requires no treatment.If you get repeated strep illness,there are combinations of meds that can help stop it. ...Read more

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I had a virus a couple of weeks ago. I have had a cough ever since. I am coughing up a lot of mucous. What is this?

I had a virus a couple of weeks ago.  I have had a cough ever since. I am coughing up a lot of mucous.  What is this?

Sinusitis/asthma : A cough that persists following a viral URI may be a symptom of a bacterial sinus infection. Sometimes a condition like asthma can also occur causing a cough. See your primary care doctor for an exam and possibly a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have been dizzy for a week now. I have had a virus recently, is this normal?

I have been dizzy for a week now. I have had a virus recently, is this normal?

Not normal but...: Vestibular neuronitis can occur after a viral infection. Google it and see if it sounds like what you have. You may want to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a cold that has lasted for well over a month now?

I have had a cold that has lasted for well over a month now?

Not likely: A "cold " is a constellation of symptoms, triggered by a viral infection. A healthy immune system and a"typical" virus will clear your symptoms within a few days. You have likely developed some inflammation, non infectious. ...Read more

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Should i see a doctor for my cold? I have had for 2 days. I don't have a fever, i have a cough, and i have chills. I had a sore throat but it's gone

Should i see a doctor for my cold? I have had  for 2 days. I don't have a fever, i have a cough, and i have chills. I had a sore throat but it's gone

Yes You should: your doctor will examine you if necessary Rx you antibiotics for secondary bacterial infection ( if you have ) ...Read more

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I had a cold for a month and saw a doctor and took z-pak. I have been coughing for a month. Also have sore throat. Should i see doctor for sore throat?

I had a cold for a month and saw a doctor and took z-pak. I have been coughing for a month. Also have sore throat. Should i see doctor for sore throat?

Cough: Z-pak will not work for cold , z-pak works on certain bacteria but not virus. Cough can be from post nasal drip, esophageal reflux( the sore throat can be from regurgitaion of acidic gastric fluid that irritate it), anti-hystamine such as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) loratadine, Cetirizine can help if cough is from rhinitis/uri, and ranitidine/omeprazole/lansoprazole can help for acid reflux , yes see doc for help. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has had a cough for the past month. Should I have her seen?

My 4 year old has had a cough for the past month. Should I have her seen?

See pediatrician: You should probably see physician. Chronic cough can frequently be related to allergy or asthma.Sometimes gastroesophageal reflux sometimes affects bronchus causing cough. Obvious sometimes viruses can initiate the problem and take weeks to clear, some of the above causes can be treated medically. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for years quit smoking a year ago still have cough and pains under left breast?

I have had a cough for years quit smoking a year ago still have cough and pains under left breast?

Suggest evaluation: Nice job quitting smoking! having a cough for that long suggests that you should have a physical exam and history with a health professional. Cough may be simply from post-nasal drip, or acid coming up from stomach. But could also be from asthma or other lung problem. Talk to a provider about all the issues, including pain near left breast. ...Read more

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I have been smocking weed for about a year an for about a month I have been coughing up black stuff an an today I cough up a little blood?

I have been smocking weed for about a year an for about a month I have been coughing up black stuff an an today I cough up a little blood?

Get checked out!: Weed or not, this needs to be investigated right away. Anyone who smokes something and then develops a cough with black stuff and then blood needs to be investigated right away. Go to a doctor, get an evaluation and a chest CT, at least. And stop smoking weed, and anything else you may be smoking. ...Read more

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I've had a sty for over a year. Should I be worried?

I've had a sty for over a year. Should I be worried?

Exam: Stud are acute & generally short-lived infections of oil secreting glands of the eyelid. More chronically lasting bumps called chalazion, last longer and sometimes leave a chronic painless eyelid bump. These may require an incision and drainage procedure to eliminate the backed up/walled-off gland secretion. Yours seems to be lasting far too long and I'd advise an exam to evaluate it to b careful. ...Read more

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Iv been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half now i have a 3 year old should i be worried?

Iv been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half now i have a 3 year old should i be worried?

Worth a consult: The average time to a desired pregnancy is 6 mo with range from weeks to a year. When it passes a year it would be reasonable for both parents to be assessed at a fertility center.If a problem is found, they are capable of treatment or helping you understand available alternatives to achieve pregnancy. ...Read more

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Would it be abnormal for a 55 year old lady to have a period.? I have not had a period in many months, started yesterday.

Would it be abnormal for a 55 year old lady to have a period.? I have not had a period in many months, started yesterday.

You : You are considered to be postmenopausal when a year has gone by without a menstrual cycle. If you have had a regular period in less than 12 months then you are considered perimenopausal which means close to menopause. When you are perimenopausal then you can have abnormal cyle length and irregular intervals. Regardless you should discuss this with your primary care provider or gynecologist. He/she after further questioning can then decide if any diagostic tests are needed versus monitoring. Take care. ...Read more