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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

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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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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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

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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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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 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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I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

Consistent: ..with viral upper respiratory infection assuming this has been going on for less than a week and you are otherwise well. This may be associated with mild fever that responds to Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Nsaids, sore throat, congestion, intestinal discomfort, fatigue and aches and pains. The white patches represent local immune response. Seek help if no improvement in 7 days. Get adequate rest and hydration. ...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

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