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I have had a productive cough for almost 3 months now. I have tried antibiotics but it comes back?

I have had a productive cough for almost 3 months now. I have tried antibiotics but it comes back?

See an ID doctor: The two primary illnesses that can produce a persistent cough of this nature are mycoplasma pneumoniae and bordetella pertussis infection. Things to consider would include acid reflux, chronic sinus infection, chronic granulomatous infections like tuberculosis, cryptococcosis and others, along with non-infectious inflammatory conditions. This is not a one-stop shop. You must undergo a work up. ...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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Reverting to my message with the cough coming back, it is possible to get another cold in 1 day after she finished her antibiotics?

Reverting to my message with the cough coming back, it is possible to get another cold in  1 day after she finished her antibiotics?

Yes: Cough is a symptom and can come back after finishing antibiotics. Take some over the counter cough suppressant, e.G Robitussin dm/ Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm to alleviate your symptom. Any lingering symptom, talk to your dr again and mention the possibilities of asthma, reactive airway disease, acid reflux, and having a chest xray. Take care! ...Read more

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I have had a cough for about two months now. Went to the dr and they gave me antibiotics but it came back. Any ideas on what it can be? Im 28-f.

I have had a cough for about two months now.  Went to the dr and they gave me antibiotics but it came back.  Any ideas on what it can be? Im 28-f.

Re-evaluation: Do you have allergies? Are you on an ace inhibitor? Is the cough dry or purulent? Was the therapy empirical or lab-based? Were you re-infected?... Etc. You need a re-valuation. ...Read more

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I have had whooping cough for 6 weeks - have had antibiotics for a couple of weeks but still feel horrible and extemely tired. Should i go back to dr?

I have had whooping cough for 6 weeks - have had antibiotics for a couple of weeks but still feel horrible and extemely tired. Should i go back to dr?

If you wish: The whooping cough has the nickname "100 days cough" in adults and deserves it. The later treatment is initiated the more likely it is to linger, and it does so long after antibiotics have killed off the germ.Chronic cough can be quite disabling. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia i been on antibiotics for 4 days i dont feel much better and my cough is really bad should i go back to the ER ?

I have pneumonia i been on antibiotics for 4 days i dont feel much better and my cough is really bad should i go back to the ER ?

You should feel: little better by now. Follow up by your doctor instead of going to ER unless you have an emergency such as difficulty to breath. You may need your treatment to be reviewed such as ordering additional test ( sputum and blood culture). Antibiotic may need to be changed depending the tests result. You may also be referred to a lung specialist by your local doctor. ...Read more

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Had antibiotics for walking pneumonia for 6 days. Cough is back. What do you suggest? Ashtma?

Had antibiotics for walking pneumonia for 6 days.  Cough is back.  What do you suggest?  Ashtma?

Asthma: ...Is one of the nost common causes of persistent cough, so it certainly is possible. I actually doubt you need more antibiotics. Sometimes cough from a respiratory infection persists long after the infection is treated. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough. Had xray taken and an on antibiotics for three days. Still terrible. Should I go back to docs or give it more time?

I have a bad cough. Had xray taken and an on antibiotics for three days. Still terrible. Should I go back to docs or give it more time?

Depends...: If you have pneumonia, you likely need more time. If you have bronchitis, you would expect to begin feeling better soon. The cough can continue if there is ongoing airway inflammation which can lead to bronchospasm. Sometimes, bronchodilator and even steroid inhalers may be needed for a short time to resolve the cough. Your doctor can prescribe these medications so see your doc if cough persists. ...Read more

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I have been on antibiotics for 10 days. After my last pill i got uncontrollable chills and now the back of my head hurts very bad when i cough?

I have been on antibiotics for 10 days.  After my last pill i got uncontrollable chills and now the back of my head hurts very bad when i cough?

Need more info: It sounds as if you should see a doctor asap. It is not clear why you were taking antibiotics, but shaking chills are seldom a good sign. They usually signify severe infection, and would strongly recommend seeing a doctor now. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more