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5yr old has had persistent cough for a week. Had fever that's gone now. Clear phlegm but otherwise he's himself. Does this sound like bronchitis?

5yr old has had persistent cough for a week. Had fever that's gone now. Clear phlegm but otherwise he's himself. Does this sound like bronchitis?

Mgt: It may represent that her illness is resolving. If she does not improve in the next few days, or if she has a fever, please see your PCP. Most bronchitis infections are caused by viral illnesses. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I have a persistent cough. No fever. Clear phylegm. I took otc cough stuff and Vick’s but just can’t seem to kick it.

I have a persistent cough. No fever. Clear phylegm. I took otc cough stuff and Vick’s but just can’t seem to kick it.

Need to examine: If you cough has persisted for more than three weeks, please see a doctor. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician.
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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things. To mention few, postnasal drip, upper respiratory infection. If the symptom gets worse and become persistent, see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better, probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Allergies: Most likely nasal allergy followed by mouth breathing followed by a cough possibly productive of mucoid material.
Try allergy meds and a vaporizer at night. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has has a persistent cough and phlegm for almost 4 wks now. I've been giving him OTC cough suppressant, but cough and phlegm are not gettin?

My 3yr old has has a persistent cough and phlegm for almost 4 wks now. I've been giving him OTC cough suppressant, but cough and phlegm are not gettin?

Superinfection: Ocassionally, illnesses that start out as viral actually require treatment for secondary infections (bacteria, ear infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.). Most viral infections in children resolve within a week. Asthma should be another consideration. ...Read more

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How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when I cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when I cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?

A slight Sore throat that comes & go along with yellow or orange like phlegm, with a persistent cough for what seems to go on more then three weeks?

Virus &/or allergies: Viral upper respiratory infections can hang around for weeks, but may be compounded by allergies. Sinus infection is another possibility. Best to see a primary care provider at this point for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and have a persistent cough to where I vomit. I've had chest drags among other tests and my lungs are clear. No mucus but violent coughin?

I'm pregnant and have a persistent cough to where I vomit. I've had chest drags among other tests and my lungs are clear. No mucus but violent coughin?

May be allergies: If chest x-rays and work-ups have been negative for any respiratory problems when may have an allergy that is noted at the time of pregnancy. If you have no asthma or allergies you might try something a simple as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night to rest and something similar during the day. Be aware that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can cause you to be sleepy so you may not want to use this if you are driving. ...Read more

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Had a chest CT for a persistent cough. All clear. I suspect it gould be related to acid reflux. Would the chest CT show eosophigus abnormalities?

Had a chest CT for a persistent cough. All clear. I suspect it gould be related to acid reflux. Would the chest CT show eosophigus abnormalities?

Probably not.: Although the esophagus is de, onstrated on a ct of the chest, the subtle mucosal changes of esophagitis are not seen unless very severe. An upper gi, esophagram or upper endoscopy are the tests of choice. ...Read more

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I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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Persistent cough with very little to no mucus, mucus comes when I clear my throat, no fever, big headache, slightly sore throat. Is this bronchitis?

Persistent cough with very little to no mucus, mucus comes when I clear my throat, no fever, big headache, slightly sore throat. Is this bronchitis?

Need evaluation.: There are many potential causes for your cough. Postnasal drips, sinusitis, asthma, reflux etc come to mind. Need to consult your doctor or an allergist for further examination. At the minimum, a lung function test is indicated. If you are smoking or vaping anything, you need to eliminate this habit. ...Read more

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Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white?

Can Chronic cough for more than two months due to environmental allergens cause black and rusty phlegm for four days and then becomes white?

See either ENT or: Get checked by either ENT or Lung specialist to check for the presence of some toxin, pathogen, or allergen present in the respiratory tissues. Presentation of exudate could vary. ...Read more

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I have had a chronic cough now for about a year. My coughs are not triggered by anything in particular, and nearly always has phlegm/mucus/sputum.

I have had a chronic cough now for about a year. My coughs are not triggered by anything in particular, and nearly always has phlegm/mucus/sputum.

Cough: For a year certainly has a pathologic basis including allergies, chronic infection like TB or malignancy
I hope smoking is not a part of your life
you need to be checked and get an xray of your sinuses and chest ...Read more

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I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?

I am experiencing chronic cough with bright yellow phlegm or mucus. The mucus has changed from dark brown/black to yellow. I'm an ex smoker of 1 year?

Chronic bronchitis?: Congratulations on stopping smoking. But don't expect overnight recovery of your lungs and bronchial tree: it takes up to 5 years to recover from the effects of tobacco smoke. At only 1 year, you remain susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Less dark color of sputum usually is a good sign. But for sure check with your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

See doctor: Since there are many causes for a chronic cough (lasting more than 3 monrh?) one needs to establish the cause before treating it. Antibiotic does not help a viral infection and its overuse has created MRSA. If you have a persistent fever, you may need to get a bronchoscopy. Since most chronic coughs are caused by more than a single factor, I suggest that you consult an allergist or pulmonologi ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Bronchitis with no phlegm or chronic cough? I just feel like my airways are swollen and it's hard to breath. Going on 1 week.

Is it possible to have Bronchitis with no phlegm or chronic cough? I just feel like my airways are swollen and it's hard to breath. Going on 1 week.

YES!: And a "non-productive" bronchitis usually is "asking" for more FLUIDS both by mouth and via vaporizer to make it PRODUCTIVE (eg WET!) that's half the way to "curing"
the problem! WET IT! Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?

Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?

Bronchitis?: Could be allergic or other form of bronchitis by description. Likely no relation to thyroid. Needs good exam & likely pulmonary function tests by your Dr or a Pulmonologist for proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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What is it? I have cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying down, Good chest X-ray

What is it? I have cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying down, Good chest X-ray

Mgt: I would suggest an appointment with ENT. They may elect to do an endoscopy. For relief cool air mist humidification may be tried. An inbox consult is also available. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, worse at night). The following also describe me: Chest conge

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, worse at night). The following also describe me: Chest conge

Get checked: Non-productive cough that is wheezy and worsened at night or by respiratory irritants is likely asthma, but there are other possibilities (chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, etc) that are also worth checking out. See a lung specialist or your primary care doctor if you can't see a specialist without a referral. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night), wheezing (worsened by: breathing in cold air, psych

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night), wheezing (worsened by: breathing in cold air, psych

Cough, wheeze: A dry hacking cough accompanied by inspiratory wheezing is consistent with a type of asthma. If it's associated with a recent respiratory tract infection, it may be a temporary asthmatic bronchitis rather then chronic bronchial asthma. I recommend that you be examined by a physician or pulmonologist for diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime remove all dust collecting objects in your bedroom. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night). The following also describe me: Fatigue, Sore throat, Chest congestion, and Nasal congestion. What should I

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night). The following also describe me: Fatigue, Sore throat, Chest congestion, and Nasal congestion. What should I

Mgt.: A virtual appointment may be useful to you and to your PCP. You may have a flu like illness, the flu or another illness. Mostly likely this is a viral illness which should resolve in about three weeks. If you are experiencing fever, chills or respiratory difficulty, please see acute care. In the meantime, rest, fluids and monitor your temperature. The use of nasal saline may also be used. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

Sounds: Like our old" friend" INFLUENZA....Take Tylenol or a NSAID for the fever/aches...drink lots of fluids...REST and if it goes into a third week have a hands on exam by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) WHO SHOULD ALSO KNOW what viruses are active in your community.
Hope this is helpful. FEEL BETTER
Dr Z ...Read more

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I drank some tea accidentally with these fuzzy balls. Now I have a persistent cough w/ phlegm. Seems like bacterial, should I get antibiotics for it?

I drank some tea accidentally with these fuzzy balls. Now I have a persistent cough w/ phlegm. Seems like bacterial, should I get antibiotics for it?

Go see your doctor: You can't get antibiotics w/o seeing your doctor who can help determine whether you need it or not. Color of phlegm is no indicator of need for antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why I have my persistent cough?

Can you tell me why I have my persistent cough?

Persistent coughing: Coughing of 4-6 weeks without an identifiable cause or improvement in symptoms should be best evaluated by a doctor. They may need to run specific lab tests or do x-rays to determine the cause. All the best. ...Read more

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Help! What could be causing my persistent cough?

Many causes: There are many possible causes of persistent cough lasting more than 3 weeks. If this is occurring after a viral illness, you may have chronic bronchitis or pneumonia.
Other possible causes include aspiration and sinusitis with post nasal drip. Sometimes inflammation of the ear drum may be associated with a persistent cough. Asthma can be associated with a cough.
Virtual consult appt suggested. ...Read more

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My child's playmate has persistent cough, what should I do?

My child's playmate has persistent cough, what should I do?

Looked into: The possible etiologies for a persistent cough are numerous, so it is something that their pediatrician should look into. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Persistent cough?

What is the definition or description of: Persistent cough?

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

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A friend of mines have a short persistent cough what could be it be?

A friend of mines have a short persistent cough what could be it be?

Possibilities...: The possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of issues. All of these have entirely different treatments so, if the cough persists, your friend should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If your friend is a smoker, smoking cessation is strongly encouraged and a doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

Depends...: Treatment for a chronic cough depends on the reason for the cough. Possible etiologies for a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these have different treatments. See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed first and then treated. ...Read more

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Is cphen effective for treating persistent cough in my 5year old?

Is cphen effective for treating persistent cough in my 5year old?

If Dr. Is monitoring: Cough and cold medicines are no longer used for younger children (partly due to government recommendations a few years ago). However, a school-aged child with an ongoing relationship with his doctor, who can monitor his progress on cough and cold medicines, may use such medicines. C-phen has a sedating antihistamine (chlorpheniramine), a decongestant (phenylephrine), and a cough suppressant (dm). ...Read more

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My 7 yr old son has a persistent cough?

My 7 yr old son has a persistent cough?

Check for allergies: Try getting him checked for possible environmental and/or food allergies which can often cause chronic coughing. ...Read more

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How do we get rid of a dry persistent cough?

How do we get rid of a dry persistent cough?

Depends...: It depends on the etiology of the dry persistent cough. If it is due to bronchospasm, a bronchodilator inhaler may be needed. If it is due to post-nasal drip, a nasal spray may be needed. If gerd is the culprit, meds to treat gerd may be needed, etc. A dry persistent cough may be due to several factors and all culprits need to be addressed for the cough to resolve. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, possible flu. How to cure?

Supportive care: A viral illness (like the flu) can last a week or longer. If your cough persists longer than a couple of weeks, it is advisable to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when can't get rid of persistent cough?

What does it mean when can't get rid of persistent cough?

Treatment...: Treatment of a persistent cough depends on the etiologies and, there may be several etiologies present, all of which need to be treated to resolve the cough. Possible etiologies of the cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You may need testing to diagnose this cough. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...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


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