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How long should I wait to go to the doctor with a persistent dry cough, sore throat, and low grade fever? It's been about a week.

How long should I wait to go to the doctor with a persistent dry cough, sore throat, and low grade fever? It's been about a week.

It depends...: I think this depends on what type of doctor. From your symptoms the odds are very high that this is a viral infection. Research studies show that antibiotics are likely to do more harm than good. However, herbs, homeopathic medicines and acupuncture may help so if your Dr. offers these it would help to go. I advise trying Umcka, available at health food stores. See http://tinyurl.com/ztoepsy ...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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Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?

Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?

Very unlikely: It is much more likely to be a common viral infection or Strep. Tobacco use will make the problem worse and prolong the issue. ...Read more

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7 days ago dry cough, sore throat. since 3 days ago cough with yellowish phlegm and pain in chest with deep breaths and back while exhale. ?

7 days ago dry cough, sore throat. since 3 days ago cough with yellowish phlegm and pain in chest with deep breaths and back while exhale.            ?

Possibilities....: do you have a fever? Your symptoms sound like you may have acute bronchitis or even pneumonia. It could be viral or bacterial (bacterial more likely with fever!). You need to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Not feeling good. Nasal congestion dry cough sore throat but why does my chest and upper back hirt?

Not feeling good.  Nasal congestion dry cough sore throat but why does my chest and upper back hirt?

Lung involvement: Sounds as if you have a respiratory infection of wither viral or bacterial origin. The latter would require antibiotics and evaluation form a health care provider. The lungs can get involved which could cause chest and back discomfort with inflammation that occurs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I take methotrexate and Orencia (abatacept) my RA. I have a cold (mucus, dry cough, sore throat). What over the counter meds can I take? Dayquil? Any others?.

I take methotrexate and Orencia (abatacept) my RA. I have a cold (mucus, dry cough, sore throat). What over the counter meds can I take? Dayquil? Any others?.

No contraindication: to the OTC cold medicines mentioned. Whether they work or not is another issue. I find that inhaling warm steam for a few minutes 2x daily for 3 days may help hasten recovery. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat at the bottom like I've been kicked there and a dry cough?

I have a sore throat at the bottom like I've been kicked there and a dry cough?

Possibilities...: Possibilities for this include post-nasal drip where the throat is irritated and a cough ensues. There are nasal sprays your doctor can prescribe that are very effective. Bronchospasm can also have symptoms like you describe and bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can be effective for this. So, see your doctor so the correct diagnosis and treatment can be done. Quit smoking to lower inflammation. ...Read more

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Sore throat and dry cough at night what can I take? Cough keeps me up can't stop coughing due to my throat

Sore throat and dry cough at night what can I take? Cough keeps me up can't stop coughing due to my throat

Cough...: It sounds as if you may be describing a post-nasal drip, which causes the itchy, scratchy throat and dry cough by stimulating cough receptors at the back of the throat. If an older child (> 12 years old) or adult, may try an otc decongestant and cough suppressant, usually with dextromethorphan. Throat lozenges, humidifiers, topical vicks and offering warm liquids will also help;. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for a sore throat and dry cough?

What is the best cure for a sore throat and dry cough?

ST: Fluids, lozenges. Not smoking. Treat the possibles cause (i.E, allergies, cold, reflux, excessive screaming, avoid dust & dry air), dental problems. ...Read more

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What relieves a dry cough and sore throat at night for a 2 year old?

What relieves a dry cough and sore throat at night for a 2 year old?

A humidifier: One in the bedroom with the doors closed. Aim for 50% humidity. Saline nasal spray and gel mist is a great way to get your body to think it doesn't need to make anymore goo. Less goo made, less sore throat, and less stuff to make you cough. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat with a dry cough and mucus but no cold what could this be?

I have a sore throat with a dry cough and mucus but no cold what could this be?

Sore throat/ cough: May be post nasal drip, or from reflux. Consider elevating head of bed, avoid soda, caffeine, alcohol, smoking ( worsens reflux) spicy food which exacerbate reflux, May consider trial of ranitidine/prevecid for reflux and zyrtec for post nasal drip. F/U with doctor/urgent care. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. William Culviner
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Throat Pain (Definition)

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or any kind of damage to the ...Read more