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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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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 had a cold then it was just a cough, then I had pink eye, and I still have my cough and it's really bad. Hurts my chest and makes me pee a little. ?

I had a cold then it was just a cough, then I had pink eye, and I still have my cough and it's really bad. Hurts my chest and makes me pee a little. ?

Here are some...: Do you just have dry cough or cough up much phlegm? If with dry cough, you need strong cough suppressant like codeine for 3-5 days; if with phlegm, you may need antibiotics, for which you need to be evaluated by local doc. As to urine leak, that is naturally expected if abdominal pressure at coughing exceeds what urinary sphincter can resist and hold. More? Contact www/Healthtap.com/dr-Lin... ...Read more

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I had surgery Thursday. But now I have this deep cough that hurts when I cough and my throat hurts really bad. ?

I had surgery Thursday.  But now I have this deep cough that hurts when I cough and my throat hurts really bad.  ?

Very common: It's very common to have a sore throat post operatively, especially if you were intubated (had a breathing tube) as part of your procedure. Over the counter throat remedies can be used to help you symptoms as limited by your other medical conditions. If you begin to have a temperature (>101.5), trouble breathing, or another issue, call your doctor. Make sure to see your doctor post operatively. ...Read more

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I noticed sratchiness in my throat when i came home several hours ago, now i feel tired, and the very first time i coughed my chest burned really bad?

I noticed sratchiness in my throat when i came home several hours ago, now i feel tired, and the very first time i coughed my chest  burned really bad?

Let me explain: Two main condition could do it. Mononucleosis and strip infection in the throat. Go and see your doctor have run a test to see which or both problem you have and have treat you . Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello my boyfriend has been coughing really bad and puking up a clear liquid for the past few weeks what could be wrong?

Hello my boyfriend has been coughing really bad and puking up a clear liquid for the past few weeks what could be wrong?

Possible LERD: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get him checked. ...Read more

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My daughter has been coughing really bad at night and Has had watery poop for the last 2 night's. Why is this?

Cough & diarrhea : If her cough is really bad, she need to be checked by her pediatrician, try saline nose drops it soothes the throat & calms the cough, no dairy products for a day or 2, keep her hydrated until she sees her doctor . I hope she feels better soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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6 yo has bronchitis. Just gave him albuterol in nebulizer and his cough is really bad after treatment . It sounds productive though. Is this normal?

6 yo has bronchitis. Just gave him albuterol in nebulizer and his cough is really bad after treatment . It sounds productive though. Is this normal?

It is normal to: cough more right after a nebulization treatment. The medication loosens up the mucous in the airway passages. However, if he is wheezing more or having difficulty breathing, or he seems to need a treatment in less than 2 hours, you should call his pediatrician. He may need to be re-checked and/or his medications adjusted. ...Read more

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Gp said my 2 year old has a URI and chest infection (had x-ray) is there anything i can do to make him more comfortable as his cough is really bad.

URI: Sounds like a viral infection. Did your gp provide you with a nebulizer and albuterol for the coughing? We try not to recommend otc cough suppressants for the very young due to side effects. If his cough is due to drainage, you could try some saline drops to the nose and bulb suction. A warm heating pad to the chest could also help as could humidity. ...Read more

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Hi I have a really bad chesty cough what should I do?

Hi I have a really bad chesty cough what should I do?

What other symptoms: Consider these questions? Fever? Productive cough? Chest pain? Smoker? Shortness of breath? Color of phlegm white vs yellow vs green and finally duration cough for more than a week could indicate infectious process or a more severe viral infection. Short term: stop smoking, consider mucinex, (guaifenesin) rest Robitussin or other cough supressant but < five days, . ...Read more