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Persistent Cough With White Phlegm
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
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?
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
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?
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
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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Hi. I'm a 37yr old female. Smoker for 12mth. I had a chest infection 3/4 weeks ago with persistent cough. I was given amoxicillin and predisonalone. However I'm now coughing up salty clear bubbly phlem 4/5 times a day?
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
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 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
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
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.
Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?
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
Severe cough for 1 month (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, whooping sound when breathing in, with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsen...
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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 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
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
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
Persistent Cough: Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a long period of time. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Reflex activityd: Cough is a reflex that is caused by a message from the bronchial tube to the lower brain. It might be caused by an input message to the brain (e.g. Infection) or an unnecessary executive message from an irritable brain. Strangely enough it can be caused by sugar intake or even cow's milk. This is partcularly true if he coughs in his sleep without awakening. ...Read more
No...: A non-productive persistent cough is likely due to bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors. It is not due to infection so antibiotics would be of no benefit. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease the airway inflammation and decrease your risk of copd, malignancy, etc. ...Read more
Maybe: It depends on cause of cough and pain. If it is due to a bacterial infection that is sensitive to penicillins, then yes. Unfortunately, most coughs are due to viral infections that do not get better with antibiotics and the chest pain may be due to muscle strain from that cough. In this case, the only cure is 'a tincture of time.'. ...Read more
A persistent or worsening cough should be further evaluated. If the cough was associated with congestion, keeping the nasal passages clear with nasal saline, reduces post nasal drip.
Conditions such as asthma, gerd and aspiration, a foreign body or CF may also be underlying causes of persistent cough. Your physician may elect to treat or screen for one of the above. ...Read more
Persistent cough!: There are many types of cough that can persist after a cold. If it is worse at night it could be due to post nasal drainage which could indicate an allergy. Is it a wheezy cough? If so it could suggest bronchospasm. Is it a wet cough? This could suggest a secondary pneumonia particularly if associated with fever. You should see a good pediatrician to check it out. ...Read more
I don't have a persistent cough but when I do cough I taste snot could it be pneumonia short of air o2 low 90's?
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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