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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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A few days ago, I had two sharp sudden pains under my left breast in my rib cage. Since then, The same area has been achy and sometimes throbs when I lay on it, but not all the time. I've had a low grade fever and dry coughs. The achyness spread to my low

A few days ago, I had two sharp sudden pains under my left breast in my rib cage. Since then, The same area has been achy and sometimes throbs when I lay on it, but not all the time. I've had a low grade fever and dry coughs. The achyness spread to my low

Sudden pain in your: Rib cage may indicate pleurisy, infection or clots.
Due to your cough and fever, you need to see a physician either at the Urgent Care, ER or doctors office as soon as possible for a thorough history, exam and xrays. Get well. ...Read more

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I had low grade fever for 2 days 2 months ago, and after it stopped I had mild dry cough on and off. About 6 days ago (April 15, 2014). ..?

I had low grade fever for 2 days 2 months ago, and after it stopped I had mild dry cough on and off. About 6 days ago (April 15, 2014). ..?

Viral cough: Having a cough for a few weeks after a viral infection is not uncommon. However if your cough is triggered by exercise or cold air, you may have asthma which only flares up with a viral infection. ...Read more

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Son had headache, low grade fever. Dr said likely viral. Now 3 days later, dry cough, has rash (no fever). Does this sound like virus running course?

Son had headache, low grade fever. Dr said likely viral. Now 3 days later, dry cough, has rash (no fever). Does this sound like virus running course?

Yes, it does sound: Like a virus. However, it would be a good idea to have him seen by his doctor again to check the rash and re-check his lungs, just to be sure there isn't anything else going on that might need different treatment. Hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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I have low grade fever 99.1 highest 99.6, dry cough, post nasal drip, and sinus headache. Are antibiotics needed?

I have low grade fever 99.1 highest 99.6, dry cough, post nasal drip, and sinus headache. Are antibiotics needed?

Not really: Most probably viral, rest, fluids, salt water gargles, saline nasal washes and pain killers, if no improvement or symptoms get worse, see your doctor for possible need for antibiotics or other prescription medications, good luck ...Read more

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Dry cough for wk. Now low grade fever, loose cough, body aches, headache, eye pain, nausea, no appetite, congestion, .

Dry cough for wk. Now low grade fever, loose cough, body aches, headache, eye pain, nausea, no appetite, congestion, .

Viral: It is most likely a viral infection and one can only treat the symptoms. If the symptoms are severe, you will need to see your doctor to get some cough suppression. Tylenol may help the body ache, nasal decongestant spray may be used for up to 5 days maximum. It usually takes 7-10 days to recover. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old has low grade fever. Complaining of a pain on the right side of chest. Has an irritation in the throat. Relieves by Quick dry cough. Reason?

My 4 yr old has low grade fever. Complaining of a pain on the right side of chest. Has an irritation in the throat. Relieves by Quick dry cough. Reason?

Likely a virus: It's probably a virus, although pneumonia/bronchitis or other bacterial infection (sinus infection, strep throat) is not out of the question. Other possibilities include an inflamed rib muscle or a muscle pull from coughing. I'd definitely see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to go to the doctor with a persistent dry cough, sore throat, and low grade fever? It's been about a week.

How long should I wait to go to the doctor with a persistent dry cough, sore throat, and low grade fever? It's been about a week.

It depends...: I think this depends on what type of doctor. From your symptoms the odds are very high that this is a viral infection. Research studies show that antibiotics are likely to do more harm than good. However, herbs, homeopathic medicines and acupuncture may help so if your Dr. Offers these it would help to go. I advise trying Umcka, available at health food stores. See
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I have a dry cough, with no symptoms of a cold, but I fell like I have a low grade fever, and have some dizziness, plus my lungs and throat is sore f?

I have a dry cough, with no symptoms of a cold, but I fell like I have a low grade fever, and have some dizziness, plus my lungs and throat is sore f?

Maybe an URI: (Upper respiratory infection). Hydrate well, rest. Consider warm soups to help with congestion. Consider gargling with warm salt water for sore throat or use of netti pot for nasal congestion. If you develop difficulty breathing please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Coughing, stuffy nose, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing, low-grade fever, nausea, can't sleep?

Coughing, stuffy nose, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing, low-grade fever, nausea, can't sleep?

Cold symptoms: Sounds like u have a common cold. How long have u had the symptoms. Soem common colds also give u laryngitis, if ur horseness persists u should see ur doctor. Try some warm soups and salt water gargles. ...Read more

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Dry cough, chest pain, sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, headache, fatigue, nausea, low appetite, body aches all over, low grade fever.

Dry cough, chest pain, sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, headache, fatigue, nausea, low appetite, body aches all over, low grade fever.

Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu it is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?

Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?

Cough: It is common for upper respiratory symptoms to get worst before better but if cough continuously gets worst, does not improve, has associated difficulty breathing, fever, not eating well, not sleeping well from cough then needs to seen by his/ her physician. ...Read more

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My three year old has a cough and low grade fever just common cold or do I need to make an appointment with her dr? -

My three year old has a cough and low grade fever just common cold or do I need to make an appointment with her dr? -

You decide: A general rule for this is based on the kids behavior. If they are taking feeds/fluids well;playing for periods during the day and sleeping well at night you can probably monitor it at home. If her feeds are off, she doesn't play and otherwise bothers you it is time for a visit. ...Read more

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My kids 3 & 5 are both coughing & running low grade fever. What's the best medicine to help mostly with cough this without dr visit?

My kids 3 & 5 are both coughing & running low grade fever. What's the best medicine to help mostly with cough this without dr visit?

Antitussives: Codeine is the gold standard, but only by prescription. Use a preparation marked dm for dextromethorphan. In children, the recommended dose of dextromethorphan is 1 mg/kg/day divided into four doses, with a maximum daily dose of 30 mg for children aged 2 to 5 years. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has been sick on and off for a month now. In the last week he has developed a wet cough again and has ran a low grade fever off?

Sick for 1 month: It is time to have your son seen by your doctor as a 5 week febrile illness with cough may need medical treatment. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old had low grade fever & cough for 3 days. Now only cough the fever is gone but he has diearhha. Should he see a dr or let it pass it's course?

My 4 yr old had low grade fever & cough for 3 days. Now only cough the fever is gone but he has diearhha. Should he see a dr or let it pass it's course?

Watch for diarrhea: Your son probably has viral infection -having fever and cough, having diarrhea is part of same infection. DIarrhea may stop of its own in 1-2 days but he has lot of diarrhea or it persist then see the doctor, give plenty of fluids to drink. ...Read more

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Is it safe to proceed with an Endoscopy procedure while I have cold induced laryngitis , cough and low grade fever?

Is it safe to proceed with an Endoscopy procedure while I have cold induced laryngitis , cough and low grade fever?

Probably yes: During you endoscopy you will likely be monitored by the physician performing the procedure as well as the anesthesiologist who provides your sedation. Inform your doctor. ...Read more

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My 7 y.O has low grade fever and cough and headache that just started. I suspect it will get higher. At what temp should I take him to urgent care?

My 7 y.O has low grade fever and cough and headache that just started. I suspect it will get higher. At what temp should I take him to urgent care?

Now: Take him now to rule out otitis, meningitis or pneumonia. If you catch disease early may be he will recover faster. If the child is active, not dehydrated and behaves normally you may decide to delay till tomorrow. Impossible to give right advice with information provided. ...Read more

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15 months old with low grade fever (100.9~ 101.9~ 102) for 6 days, cough and congestion, how can I make her feel better, and is this just a bad cold?

15 months old with low grade fever (100.9~ 101.9~ 102) for 6 days, cough and congestion, how can I make her feel better, and is this just a bad cold?

Secondary Symptoms: Children can have prolonged low-grade fever with self-limited viral illnesses like uri. More concerned if fever max increasing after day 4, new symptoms develop (ear pain, dysuria) or child is feeling worse after day 4. With viral dx, fever usually highest dy1-3 and trends down, highest late at night and early in morning. With increasing fever/new symptoms, dr evaluates for secondary sources. ...Read more

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Persistent cough with low grade fever, coughing up foam?

Persistent cough with low grade fever, coughing up foam?

Cough: You cough is due to a post nasal drip from a possible sinus infection. Use a vaporizer at night and sleep on several pillows. If the symptoms have been present for longer than ten days consult an ENT specialist for possible antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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My neck is a little stiff, I cough, and have green snot, and a low grade fever, and my nose is stuffy. What could this be?

My neck is a little stiff, I cough, and have green snot, and a low grade fever, and my nose is stuffy. What could this be?

URI: You have an upper respiratory infection. The green snot may be coming from your sinuses and the cough from a post nasal drip. Try using saline nose drops 4 times a day as well as a vaporizer. If after ten days you are not better consult a doctor for possible antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have been sick for the past 3 weeks. I have no energy, my chest hurts when I cough, and low grade fever. What should I do?

I have been sick for the past 3 weeks. I have no energy, my chest hurts when I cough, and low grade fever. What should I do?

See your doctor...: It has been way too long with those symptoms to just try to manage it at home. It could be a serious infection. See your doctor for exam and treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have a cough for a week, low grade fever, and nausea for four days. I have asthma. How long should I wait to be seen? What could be causing this?

I have a cough for a week, low grade fever, and nausea for four days. I have asthma. How long should I wait to be seen? What could be causing this?

Cough and asthma: I think it would be a good idea to see your local primary care doctor. You may need an antibiotic if you are coughing up color. He or she can listen to your lungs as well. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a low grade fever and wet sounding cough since last night. No vomiting. Suggestions?

My 4 year old has a low grade fever and wet sounding cough since last night. No vomiting. Suggestions?

Humidifier, fluids: Using a humidifier, increase fluids like juice and water as well as treating symptoms of fever are good starts - if he worsens or looks like he is having a hard time breathing see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been sick my headache been for a week I now have a cough low grade fever and my right leg staying cold if I warm it my headache leaves why?

I have been sick my headache been for a week I now have a cough low grade fever and my right leg staying cold if I warm it my headache leaves why?

See a doctor: Having an isolated cold limb does not sound like a good thing and you should see a doctor as soon as possible because having a clot in the leg can be a cause of a low grade fever. If the clot is breaking and sending small clots to the lungs, it might explain the cough. See a doctor ASAP especially if you have leg discoloration or pain. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take 2 yo to dr with low grade fever:cough? Mild cold for few days first then low grade fever x 3 days. No trouble breathing

How long should I wait to take 2 yo to dr with low grade fever:cough? Mild cold for few days first then low grade fever x 3 days. No trouble breathing

It depends: Your child should see a doctor if he has a fever over 101 for more than a couple of days, or if he is acting particularly sick, even when the fever is down. If you are worried, if your child is acting quite different than usual, it's better to get him checked by the doctor. If you get the fever down and your child is playful, eats or drinks, you may worry less. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Low Grade Fever (Definition)

Low grade fever is a symptom in which a person's internal body temperature is mildly high, about 99-100.5 degrees. Many medical conditions and mild colds/flus can ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ ...Read more