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7 yr old barking cough over two wks. Walk-in clinic doc noted inflamed tonsils, nasal infection - prescribed penicillin. Does this seem appropriate?

7 yr old barking cough over two wks. Walk-in clinic doc noted inflamed tonsils, nasal infection - prescribed penicillin. Does this seem appropriate?

Hard to say: If the findings are as stated treatment would be indicated.I would have used a different antibiotic & tested for strep since that can be done simply. Cough for 2 wks is common with a sinus infection. If things have not improved a re-check is indicated. ...Read more

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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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Symptoms: Cough, mild sore throat, hoarse voice, slight nasal drain & headache, no fever, vomited 1x. Meds: Cough Rx&drops, tea, salt H2O. Advice?

Symptoms: Cough, mild sore throat, hoarse voice, slight nasal drain & headache, no fever, vomited 1x. Meds: Cough Rx&drops, tea, salt H2O. Advice?

Few possibilities.: By your description, this could be allergies, viral throat infection or bacterial sinus infection, at least. Your best bet would be to seek a consultation with one of us here on HealthTap to go over your plight more specifically. We may be able to offer you some advice, or even a useful treatment. ...Read more

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Coughing non-stop for about 1 week. Deep / rhaspy productive cough with discolored phlgem. Phys asst put me on amoxicillian. No improvement. Ideas?

Coughing non-stop for about 1 week.  Deep / rhaspy productive cough with discolored phlgem.  Phys asst put me on amoxicillian. No improvement. Ideas?

Possibilities...: There may be a bronchospastic cough complicating the acute bronchitis picture. A sputum culture can determine if the correct antibiotic was chosen and a bronchodilator inhaler and a steroid inhaler can be added so the bronchospasm will be controlled. These steps should improve the cough. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sore throat - strep throat (my 2.5year old currently has it)? Can I get a scrip & drs certificate please for myself?

Sore throat - strep throat (my 2.5year old currently has it)? Can I get a scrip & drs certificate please for myself?

Needs in-person exam: A doctor can write a note after doing an in-person exam. Generally, doctors do not write notes such as work-excuse or school-excuse notes, or back-to-work or back-to-school notes, without an exam. That is because a doctor's note is his written, signed, professional opinion, on whether a patient can or cannot do a particular activity. An in-person exam gives confidence to the doctor's opinion. ...Read more

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Week ago- fever 38C, tightened throat, hoarse voice, dry cough- doc said mild tonsilitis, now good, but 1 swollen tonsil, tighten. throat on this side?

Week ago- fever 38C, tightened throat, hoarse voice, dry cough- doc said mild tonsilitis, now good, but 1 swollen tonsil, tighten. throat on this side?

Mgt: Most likely this will resolve with a little more time. Warm soothing liquids like soup or tea may help to ease the pain. Monitor your temperature and report fever to your doctor. ...Read more

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11/24 flu, fine for week, bad URI smptms, neg strep mono flu. Now chest pressure/tigh, sore throat, dry cough, slight breathing issue, ankle numb??

11/24 flu, fine for week,  bad URI smptms, neg strep mono flu. Now chest pressure/tigh,  sore throat, dry cough, slight breathing issue, ankle numb??

Post infectious comp: Rare complications can develop after u get over the flu, including neuropathy (nerve damage), kidney issues (post-infectious glomerulonephritis) & others. That said, chest pressure, flu-like symptoms, & so forth are common lingering effects on the lung or it became involved with a bacterial infection (viral flu weakened the lung). U cd also have probs w/ antibiotics or meds u tried. TTYD 4 Dx & Rx ...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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Black stained sputum.No chest pain.No cough.Xrays negative.Hiv negative.No fever.2mcs;strep & k.Liebsella..Erythromycin&augmentin trtmt.No change?

Black stained sputum.No chest pain.No cough.Xrays negative.Hiv negative.No fever.2mcs;strep & k.Liebsella..Erythromycin&augmentin trtmt.No change?

Environmental??: There are environmental exposures that can lead to black stained sputum. Have you had a sputum culture done? A sputum culture will identify any bacteria present as well as what antibiotics would best treat it. Seeing an allergist might also be helpful to identify any environmental exposures and how to avoid them, if possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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30 y/o son for 2 months keeps testing pos.for strep, line super light pink,been on 3 antibiotics,no symptoms, just a throat tickle remains,any advice?

30 y/o son for 2 months keeps testing pos.for strep, line super light pink,been on 3 antibiotics,no symptoms, just a throat tickle remains,any advice?

May be a carrier: A subset of the population will carry strep in their throat continuously , often without strep disease/symptoms but are treated as strep when they come in on a positive test but have a viral throat problem. They can also have recurrent strep if there is a carrier in their close circle. If he is being retested/treated when there is no symptoms I would stop. ...Read more

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16mo old w strep(no culture)on ammox 2 days.Still in pain, and now has sore on lip & throat.Exp 2 hand, foot, mouth dis.Sores w strep?Misdiagnosis?

16mo old w strep(no culture)on ammox 2 days.Still in pain, and now has sore on lip & throat.Exp 2 hand, foot, mouth dis.Sores w strep?Misdiagnosis?

You maybe right!: Herpes gingivostomatitis vs herpangina vs aphthous ulcers vs early candidal mucositis can do this! please revisit your md and he may switch meds or at least give you ulcer numbing meds! those are painful and you do not have to suffer as much ! regards! ...Read more

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Productive cough.Runny nose. Both w/ yellow mucus. No fever.Tight chest.Throat a bit sore. Smoker. Allergies?Cold?Bronchitis?Something else? See a dr?

Productive cough.Runny nose. Both w/ yellow mucus. No fever.Tight chest.Throat a bit sore. Smoker. Allergies?Cold?Bronchitis?Something else? See a dr?

Sinobronchitis: This probably is a sinus infection with bronchitis. You are more at risk due to smoking. If it is recurrent you could have underlying allergies and asthma which could also be a factor. Unfortunately people with asthma smoke at the same frequency as those who are not asthmatic. ...Read more

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2 yr old son, 103.9f fever 1 day, runny nose, occasional cough, red throat. Flu test negative. Dr said viral but gave antibiotic. What's his sickness?

2 yr old son, 103.9f fever 1 day, runny nose, occasional cough, red throat. Flu test negative. Dr said viral but gave antibiotic. What's his sickness?

Not sure.........: With a history of one day of fever runny nose and cough, this sounds very viral. I am not sure why your son was given an antibiotic--a throat swab was not done to consider strep throat, the only throat infection for which an antibiotic would be given, ...Read more

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Mild pneumonia (seen on film). Dr. rx'd Cedinifir 2 nites ago. Just starting dry cough. No fever. Should I get expectorant? Delsym (dextromethorphan) = diarrhea.

Mild pneumonia (seen on film). Dr. rx'd Cedinifir 2 nites ago. Just starting dry cough.  No fever. Should I get expectorant? Delsym (dextromethorphan) = diarrhea.

Pulmonary infiltrate: Whether or not you have a pneumonia likely to respond to a cephalosporin antibiotic is very questionable and would need more info to say for sure, but an infiltrate with a dry cough sounds more like an atypical pneumonia and this is not likely to respond to the antibiotic you have been given. If you are significantly symptomatic (fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc.) see an ID doctor. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes-on/off Pain for 3 mon,rashes,body ache.Saw 3 docs,no diag.Tested for lyme,ANA,hiv,cmv,ebv,sti..neg.cbc -normal.Worred Hlp pls?

Swollen lymph nodes-on/off Pain for 3 mon,rashes,body ache.Saw 3 docs,no diag.Tested for lyme,ANA,hiv,cmv,ebv,sti..neg.cbc -normal.Worred Hlp pls?

A lymph node: Biopsy...is probably your next step....it will "settle" your concerns.....A "needle" aspiration may be sufficient! Good Luck Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Son 2 yr old says mouth hurts and woke screaming. Has white maybe blisters back throat tonsils. 103 104 fever. Doc said mayb hfmouth, strepor whatelse?

Son 2 yr old says mouth hurts and woke screaming. Has white maybe blisters back throat tonsils. 103 104 fever. Doc said mayb hfmouth, strepor whatelse?

Viral vs bacterial: This could be many things. Strep throat causes fever headache and sore throat often with what is called exudate. Mono can have similar symptoms as well. Viral illnesses usually cause blisters that are whitish centrally with surrounding erythema, ie redness. Very important to make sure your child is able to drink well and swallow, if not your child should be seen asap. ...Read more

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