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I have a cough that won't go away.

I have a cough that won't go away.

More info, please!: How long have you had it? What makes it better? or worse? Do you smoke? Are there any other symptoms, like fever, weight loss, trouble breathing? Ask again, and give more details. Remember that there is a 150 character limit for questions, inc. spaces and punctuation, so keep it brief but complete! ...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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I have this dry cough that won't go away?

I have this dry cough that won't go away?

Bronchospasm.....: The possible etioligies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Bronchospasm can be due to allergy, chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking or an acute infection of the airways (usually results in an acute cough). See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed since treatment depends on the precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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Throat pain that won't go away?

Throat pain that won't go away?

See a doctor: Persistent throat pain is best evaluated by your doctor, who will perform an examination and order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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3 days of pounding headache that won't go away tyenol doesn't seem to help.

3 days of pounding headache that won't go away tyenol doesn't seem to help.

Headache: It is possible that this headache is due to sinus pressure. If you have no contraindications (for example, hypertension), you may try an over the counter sinus medication. First, be sure to talk with the pharmacist if you are taking other medications. Best of health to you! ...Read more

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Chronic cough wont go away, should I try hydrocodone?

Chronic cough wont go away, should I try hydrocodone?

Cough: Chronic cough has multiple causes, you need to consult a seasoned allergist to help you find out what is happening, hydrocodone will only suppress it and not treat it. ...Read more

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Major sore throat that won't go away. What do you suggest?

Major sore throat that won't go away. What do you suggest?

Med eval.: See your physician. He or she can order a throat culture and a rapid antigen test. Once the physician determines cause of your symptoms, a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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If I ever inhaled food would I have to cough I feel food go down the wrong pipe but I don't choke or cough does it just go down but ?

If I ever inhaled food would I have to cough I feel food go down the wrong pipe but I don't choke or cough does it just go down but ?

Aspiration: Aspiration pneumonia can occur after inhaling liquids or small foreign bodies. Symptoms would include persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, abnormal sputum, etc. Presence of these symptoms should prompt a visit to a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Awful taste in mouth that won't go away - bad breath as well. What do you suggest?

Awful taste in mouth that won't go away - bad breath as well. What do you suggest?

See dentist: Determine if you have cavities or periodontal disease... Treat those problems first, and if the condition persists, then see a physician regarding acid reflux and changing your diet. All the best... ...Read more

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I have a nasty cough that won't go away and cough mess done work. What's the cause?

I have a nasty cough that won't go away and cough mess done work. What's the cause?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Is depression just weakness? How do I deal with it? I always just "plowed through" (never medicated)but it doesn't go away, how do you make it go away

Is depression just weakness? How do I deal with it? I always just "plowed through" (never medicated)but it doesn't go away, how do you make it go away

MDD is a disorder: Medical depressive disorder is a neurobiological disorder. There are many effective treatments for it. See your doctor for a thorough exam and recommendations for counseling and/or medications. Exercise is remarkably helpful in depression. Discuss this with your doctor as well. ...Read more

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What will happen if i let strep throat go away by its self?

What will happen if i let strep throat go away by its self?

1st Sx will : Strep throat goes through several phases. The acute symptoms will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies and a fraction (1/200) develop long term complications including kidney damage, heart damage(rheumatic fever) and brain injury.Antibiotics can stop the complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. ...Read more

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Woke up with chest tightness have a cold but no cough or fever do I have bronchitis will it go away on its own I have uc so k can't take antibiotics?

Woke up with chest tightness have a cold but no cough or fever do I have bronchitis will it go away on its own I have uc so k can't take antibiotics?

Chest pain: Many possible causes for what you describe, no way to advise particulars with the limited information here. Should go see your doctor to find out if something is wrong and what to do. ...Read more

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Headache that won't go away? Do I go to ER or wait?

Headache that won't go away? Do I go to ER or wait?

Excellent Question: If it's 'the worst headache of your life' or very close or is associated with other symptoms like brief loss of consciousness or loss of bladder or bowel control, etc., do not hesitate.It could be an aneurysm or brain bleed, or extreme high blood pressure which could be life threatening. If it is not associated with any other symptoms, you might be able to try home remedies, first, & call your dr. ...Read more

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Why does my back pop when i take a breath n laying down ? It does not hurt its more relieving because i get back n neck pain that comes n goes

Why does my back pop when i take a breath n laying down ? It does not hurt its more relieving because i get back n neck pain that comes n goes

Not Serious: The "pop" you feel is generally your joints moving over each other. Similar to cracking your knuckles, this movement can make an audible sound. As long as this is not painful it is unlikely to be of any clinical significance. ...Read more

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Recovering from a bad cold. Hurts to cough but not breathe & sounds phlegmy but not much comes out. Why does it hurt & when should I worry?

Recovering from a bad cold. Hurts to cough but not breathe & sounds phlegmy but not much comes out. Why does it hurt & when should I worry?

Chostochondral pain: This sounds like the pain that occurs in the muscles between your ribs when you cough. This will improve when your cough improves. ...Read more

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I have had a constant cough that wont go away its getting worse n is effecting my life. Help?

I have had a constant cough that wont go away its getting worse n is effecting my life. Help?

Chronic cough: The most common reason for chronic cough is asthma, post nasal drip from allergies or sinus infection and stomach acid (ge) reflux. There are many other less common reasons. A lung specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist can assist in determining the diagnosis and offer a treatment approach. ...Read more

Dr. Aida Soriano
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Persistent Cough (Definition)

Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a ...Read more