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I've got a lingering cough after a cold. Not coughing anything up but in chest. Fever and chills. Do I need antibiotics?

I've got a lingering cough after a cold. Not coughing anything up but in chest. Fever and chills. Do I need antibiotics?

Maybe: the fact you have fever and chills and cough suggest that you should see your MD. A chest X-ray may be needed and in most cases abx may be needed. Suggest contact your MD. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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My 5 year old caught a cold 3 weeks ago. Had fever on day 1. He's happy & energetic now, but he's had a lingering cough for 2 weeks. Problem?

My 5 year old caught a cold 3 weeks ago.  Had fever on day 1.  He's happy & energetic now, but he's had a lingering cough for 2 weeks.  Problem?

The most common: reason for persistent cough after a viral infection is Reactive Airway Disease (RAD). RAD = mild Asthma, in which a child has spasm of the small airways manifested by coughing, but not audible wheezing or trouble breathing. His pediatrician can diagnose this. Another possibility is " walking pneumonia" from a viral or Mycoplasma infection. Don't give cold/ cough meds under age 6. Take him in. ...Read more

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I recovered from a cold a month ago, but there's still a lingering cough, sometimes when i speak but mostly at night when i sleep. What can I do?

I recovered from a cold a month ago, but there's still a lingering cough, sometimes when i speak but mostly at night when i sleep.  What can I do?

Possibilities.....: This could be related to bronchospasm which can occur after an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. Both bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can be used to treat this, if present. Another possibility is post-nasal drip and there are effective steroid nasal sprays that can treat this. So, see your doctor to determine the precise etiology of your symptoms so treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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My 2yo had a cold almost 3 weeks ago. After he recovered was told his lingering nightly cough was drainage. How long is too long for a cough like this?

My 2yo had a cold almost 3 weeks ago. After he recovered was told his lingering nightly cough was drainage. How long is too long for a cough like this?

A month: Colds and post nasal drip can linger for 3-4 weeks. It is also possible he has caught another mild cold after the last one and iyt looks like one long cold. I would have him rechecked. Sinusitis cod be a possibility and we often consider asthma with a night time cough...Elderberry can be helpful as can a.I.R. Tea (www.Franzcenter.Com under herbaceuticals). ...Read more

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I have had a cold lingering for the past 3 weeks with bad cough, haven't used anything but teas, cough syrup and now I have pain under my rib. ?

I have had a cold lingering for the past 3 weeks with bad cough, haven't used anything but teas, cough syrup and now I have pain under my rib. ?

Pneumonia : Post-viral pneumonia or even lung abscess or pleural space infection is possible, you need to see your doctor asap and get at least chest X-ray and blood work, good luck and feel better soon ...Read more

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After antibiotics for cough had sorethroat colds fever cough again.Now no more colds fever sorethroat but cough still lingering, do I need antibiotics?

After antibiotics for cough had sorethroat colds fever cough again.Now no more colds fever sorethroat but cough still lingering, do I need antibiotics?

Probably not . : Your cough might just be drainage from the back of your throat due to allergies , the cold weather, ; viruses .You may want to try any allergy medicines with expectorant if you need to thin out your mucus . Drink plenty of warm liquids, honey with tea, chicken broth , warm chocolate drinks , coffee etc.If you develop fever and your condition worsened, time to go back to your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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