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I've had a cough for 3 weeks now and it's not going away. What should I do?

I've had a cough for 3 weeks now and it's not going away. What should I do?

Exam/xray: 3 weeks is too long to ignore. Please see your private physician or go to your local UC clinic for further evaluation and treatment. ...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've had this cough for 3 weeks now. It won't go away. I went to urgent care but they told me I had a sinusitis and gave me an inhaler and antibiotics?

I've had this cough for 3 weeks now. It won't go away. I went to urgent care but they told me I had a sinusitis and gave me an inhaler and antibiotics?

Sinusitis can cause: The symptoms you noted, take the prescribed medicines, keep the follow up, if no improvement seek a second opinion, but you will be fine, best wishes ...Read more

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I've got had a cough for three weeks. Help please?

I've got had a cough for three weeks.  Help please?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for 3 weeks now its worse at night i don't feel sick i feel fine I have asthma and its not that what is it?

I've had a bad cough for 3 weeks now its worse at night i don't feel sick i feel fine I have asthma and its not that what is it?

Asthma until proven : If you have asthma and get an infection it can lead to prolonged cough and wheezing. Use your rescue inhaler every 4 hours and talk to your doctor about adding or increasing use of an controlling inhaled medication. ...Read more

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I've had a cough and cold 3 weeks I now have a pain that comes and goes in right side of my chest sometimes when I breath in or when I lift arm?

I've had a cough and cold 3 weeks I now have a pain that comes and goes in right side of my chest sometimes when I breath in or when I lift arm?

Time to see a doc: No way around it. The Internet is a great resource but it can't replace a physical exam and medical history performed by a well trained doctor. My advice is to see a family physician as soon as you can. If there is shortness of breath or coughing up if bright red blood see a doctor in an emergency setting. ...Read more

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Having a lot of mucus in throat. I've had a cough for almost 3 weeks now. Whenever I cough, it's this itching feeling in the back of my throat. Why?

Having a lot of mucus in throat. I've had a cough for almost 3 weeks now. Whenever I cough, it's this itching feeling in the back of my throat. Why?

Consult physician: Although I agree that this may be early GERD, it also sounds very much like reflex coughing from post nasal drip and allergies. You can try a daily dose of generic Claritin (loratadine) for 1-2 weeks and see if the helps. Please stop using ibuprfofen, since this can aggravate GERD. ...Read more

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I've had a really bad cough for 3+ weeks now then couldnt swallow went to docs diagnosed tonsillitis they gave me penicillin but now its worse.?

I've had a really bad cough for 3+ weeks now then couldnt swallow went to docs diagnosed tonsillitis they gave me penicillin but now its worse.?

Alot worse?: If worse it needs to be checked. If you develop trouble swallowing to the point of drooling, painful opening of mouth, tender lymph node in neck opposite tonsil, you could have a peritonsillar abscess. If it's the cough that's worse, so long as you're not coughing up green or yellow, it's likely viral and will pass. If coughing until vomiting, may have pertussis, and need different antibiotic. ...Read more

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I've had flu symptoms & bad cough for 3 weeks i started on ab's & ventalin 5 days ago i'm no better should I go back to doctor or wait? How long?

I've had flu symptoms & bad cough for 3 weeks i started on ab's & ventalin 5 days ago i'm no better should I go back to doctor or wait? How long?

Cough possibility...: The flu is caused by a virus and will complete its course. However, the cough may be related to bronchospasm which should respond to the ventolin inhaler but you may need a steroid inhaler as well to fully treat the bronchospasm. If the cough is no better in 7-10 days from the start of therapy, or if it is worsening, see your doc again. ...Read more

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I've had a cough and chest congestion for three weeks. Antibiotics and OTC meds aren't helping. What else can I do?

I've had a cough and chest congestion for three weeks. Antibiotics and OTC meds aren't helping. What else can I do?

See doctor...: Possible etiologies for this cough include bronchospasm from any cause, (like allergy), gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor so the correct diagnosis and treatment can be given. If you are short of breath, go to the er for evaluation. If you smoke, you need to quit today and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for ages (longer than 3 weeks.) sometimes it is very hoarse but mostly it's a tickle. Any ideas as to what this is?

I've had a cough for ages (longer than 3 weeks.) sometimes it is very hoarse but mostly it's a tickle. Any ideas as to what this is?

Many things: Could be many things and would need to know more about your situation, the list includes but is not limited too: atypical pneumonia (mycoplasma), asthma, reflux, allergies, post nasal drip, smoking, medications, persistent bronchial infection, and many more. ...Read more

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I've had a cough and sore throat for 3 weeks, what's wrong?

I've had a cough and sore throat for 3 weeks, what's wrong?

Avg cough = 18d: Cough illness lasts 18 days on average so coughing for 3wks puts you right on schedule. Most coughs ; sore throats are due to viruses which don't respond to antibiotics. Go see your family doc re http://www.Mdcalc.Com/modified-centor-score-for-strep-pharyngitis/. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for the past 3 weeks tried cough syrup hasnt worked now what can I do.?

I've had a dry cough for the past 3 weeks tried cough syrup hasnt worked now what can I do.?

See doctor: A cough for three weeks is not normal and needs further investigation. May need a chest x-ray especially if you smoke. Any history of tb? Do you live in a state with valley fever (cocci) like arizona or the southwest? See your doctor. ...Read more

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