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Doctor insights on: I I Have Been Coughing Constantly The Past Week But I I Am Not Sick

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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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I've been sick with bronchitis for a while and I still am, these past two weeks I've been experiencing symptoms of dry eyes is that because I am sick?

I've been sick with bronchitis for a while and I still am, these past two weeks I've been experiencing symptoms of dry eyes is that because I am sick?

Dry eyes: Don't know if you are taking meds for bronchitis which may do this, or possibly the bronchitis is a manifestation of an autoimmune process which is causing dry eyes and manifested by Sjogren;s syndrome. The two conditions may be unrelated. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have type 2 diabetes for 3 years now and I have never been so thirsty. I am not urinating anymore more than usual if anything I have been going les?

I have type 2 diabetes for 3 years now and I have never been so thirsty. I am not  urinating anymore more than usual if anything I have been going les?

Check sugars: Diabetes, when uncontrolled, can cause people to become very thirsty because sugars over 200 lead to excess sugar ; water going out of the body in the urine. If sugars are mostly under 200, something else is making you thirsty. Regular sugar checks can help you know if it's the diabetes or something else. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a question. My eyes are glossy I've been feeling nausea not vomiting but feeling sick, my breast are sore and been hungry am I pregnant?

Hi, I have a question. My eyes are glossy I've been feeling nausea not vomiting but feeling sick, my breast are sore and been hungry am I pregnant?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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I have been taking protonix. The the past few days I have started having constant hunger pangs. It feels like I have not eaten at all. Protonix?

I have been taking protonix. The the past few days I have started having constant hunger pangs. It feels like I have not eaten at all. Protonix?

Protonix: Hunger pangs are a nonspecific symptom. Protonix may cause diarrhea, but I am not aware of it causing abdominal pain. Your distress may be due to pylorospasm, gastritis, peptic ulcer, gall bladder disorder,etc. If symptoms persist see your physician for evaluation and appropriate tests will be ordered. In the meantime you could take zantac instead of protonix to block stomach acidity. ...Read more

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My apartment has been 80 degrees all afternoon so why am i not sweating? I've been on antibiotics for tonsillitis?It happens when i don't have that too.

My apartment has been 80 degrees all afternoon so why am i not sweating? I've been on antibiotics for tonsillitis?It happens when i don't have that too.

Body temperature: You need a full medical evaluation, including a thorough physical exam and some lab tests, including thyroid function. Or perhaps your heat tolerance is simply an oddity. ...Read more

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I had strep diagnosed 4ds ago and now have am coughing that only codeine can manage. I've been sick with cold since October and can't shake it. ?

I had strep diagnosed 4ds ago and now have am coughing that only codeine can manage. I've been sick with cold since October and can't shake it. ?

Be patient : I suggest you finish the treatment for the strep, then start to boost your immune system naturally - regular and good nutrition, no smoking, good sleep nightly, regular exercise, daily vitamin supplement, possible probiotic supplements if you think they can help. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Hi, i have been sick for 2 days now, dont usually get sick at all, have chills down my back, changes from being too hot then being too cold. really sore throat when coughing. Have been using syrup and 500mg paracetemol! ?

Please get checked : Chills + cough may be simply influenza or some virus but it would be very important to exclude more serious infections such as pneumonia. I recommend an urgent medical assessment with GP or after hours doctor as someone needs to examine you. Please present urgently if breathing or swallowing difficulties. All the best ...Read more

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I am just getting over a flu and have been coughing nonstop? Why and is this ok?

I am just getting over a flu and have been coughing nonstop? Why and is this ok?

After a flu: illness, your lungs are still sensitive and behave like you may have asthma. It's called Reactive airway disorder and could last a few days to weeks. Please check with your doctor for an evaluation and you may need further treatment. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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If its not pregnancy what is wrong? I have had a constant headache for the past month. I am constantly tired and have been sick for weeks now( feeling like im going to throw up). I haven't had a regular period since mid-december. In january i was late by

If its not pregnancy what is wrong? I have had a constant headache for the past month. I am constantly tired and have been sick for weeks now( feeling like im going to throw up). I haven't had a regular period since  mid-december. In january i was late by

You : You need to be completely evaluated by a doctor. Having a headache for one month is very concerning and needs to be evaluated. Since your period is this late, you may need a blood pregnancy test which is more accurate than urine testing. Please be seen and evaluated. If you develop pain, fever, vomiting, or light-headedness then you would need to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Hi, lately I've been feeling unusual, unlike myself. The past two to three weeks I have been constantly feeling very bloated, quite nauseous, gassy, and constipated (on and off). I've been having backaches, headaches and have been feeling incredibly drai

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lately I've been feeling unusual, unlike myself. The past two to three weeks I have been constantly feeling very bloated, quite nauseous, gassy, and constipated (on and off). I've been having backaches, headaches and have been feeling incredibly drai

Healthy diet: Google 'Food pyramid' and 'DASH' to learn about healthy diets. Eat more proteins, soluble fibers & fruits and less carbohydrates & fats while maintaining portion control and remaining physically active. Salad dressings can convert a healthy food into an item loaded with fat & salt, so ask for the dressing on the side and dip your fork in it, rather than on the salad. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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Since I have had gastointitus, I have been poohing roughly 8 times a day... Is this normal and i'm constantly feeling sick and on anti sickness meds?

Since I have had gastointitus, I have been poohing roughly 8 times a day... Is this normal and i'm constantly feeling sick and on anti sickness meds?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus or food poisoning, is self limiting and should clear after a week or so. Your symptoms are not under control. For a short time slow down your bm's with kaopectate or imodium (loperamide). Follow a bland diet low in harsh roughage and if symptoms persist, have an evaluation by your pcp or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for several weeks now. I'm not sick or anything, just been constantly having to clear my throat. I do not smoke and eat v healthy?

I have had a cough for several weeks now. I'm not sick or anything, just been constantly having to clear my throat. I do not smoke and eat v healthy?

See your doctor: A chest x-ray is usually a good idea for persistent cough, and its probably going to be normal. Three most common causes of the cough you describe are post-nasal drip, acid reflux, and asthma. Yours sounds like post-nasal drip. Over the counter decongestants can help if that is the case, but limit their use to a week or so. Sometimes an inhaled steroid helps, but this can take weeks to work. ...Read more

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Last week I was prescribed Omeprazole. I have been having bouts of nausea ever since. I have also been having migraines. Not sure if its because of it?

Last week I was prescribed Omeprazole. I have been having bouts of nausea ever since. I have also been having migraines. Not sure if its because of it?

ProbabelyDueToMigrai: My question is why were you prescribed Omeprazole and at what dose Migraine can cause nausea too or it may be due to your original condition for which you were prescribed Omeprazole. And of course it can be due to Omeprazole Talk to your Doctor ...Read more

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My stomach has been hurting for the past week. I haven't been eating much because I have no appetite. Gag every morning, but no vomit. Stress? Help?

My stomach has been hurting for the past week. I haven't been eating much because I have no appetite. Gag every morning, but no vomit. Stress? Help?

Stress: aline can cause some of these symptoms but this sounds more like one of the Winter Enteroviruses! Keep your dishes separate!! Wash you hands/use antiseptic!!!!!! Finally , is it possible you are pregnant????????????? If so get an over the counter pregnancy test ASAP! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Been having dry coughs for months, lately has been more frequent where I continuously keep coughing. I don't know what is wrong with me?

Been having dry coughs for months, lately has been more frequent where I continuously keep coughing. I don't know what is wrong with me?

?airways inflammatio: Need to be seen by your doctor, more information needed besides physical examination, several causes for the dry cough could be airways inflammation or other problem in the upper or the lower respiratory tract ...Read more