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Returned from Bangkok Monday PM with a bad cough and heavily infected chest awful thick expectorant dark yellow usual aches etc as if the flu Boots Chemist in Bangkok Airport supplied Augmentin 7 day course. Day 4/5 still unwell?

Returned from Bangkok Monday PM with a bad cough and heavily infected chest awful thick expectorant dark yellow usual aches etc as if the flu Boots Chemist in Bangkok Airport supplied Augmentin 7 day course. Day 4/5 still unwell?

Symptomatic Rx: Sounds like a cold. Antibiotics do not help for this. No cure for that but it is about rest, fluids, and time and of course managing the symptoms. Consider decongestants and antihistamines. Cough syrups and drops may be of benefit. If you are a smoker now would be a good time to stop. Ibuprofen and paracetamol will help with the aches. If not improving see your doctor to get checked out. ...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 very bad cough?

I have very bad cough?

Emergency: A very bad cough can lead to or signal that you could have a serious medical problem
See your doctor asap ...Read more

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How do you cure a bad cough?

How do you cure a bad cough?

Depends: Depending on the diagnosis of why you are coughing so bad, will answer your question. For example if you are coughing from a pneumonia, you may need to treat that with antibiotics. If you have a smokers cough-stop smoking. If it's a viral infection, rest, fluids, cough meds, etc. See a dr and gt diagnosed, then the treatment will follow. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough, what can I do?

I have a bad cough, what can I do?

Find out why: There are many potential causes of cough, and each cause has a different treatment. Find out why you have the cough. See your physician this week. ...Read more

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Care and medication for a bad cough?

Care and medication for a bad cough?

Rest, fluids, suppor: Without knowing the cause of the cough, I'll assume it's viral (influenza epidemic in US). Most viral illnesses run their course in 10-14 days (but less than 5 days if you get flu vaccine). In the mean time, notify your doctor, rest, drink plenty of fluids (urine run clear), & keep tissue handy. Cough syrups (with Guafenisin) can help thin mucus, as does chicken soup & humidifier. TTYD. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for a bad cough?

What are some reasons for a bad cough?

Various things...: When I see a bad cough in clinic, and there's no clear infectious source like bronchitis, pneumonia or other type of viral illness, I start to look for things like asthma, gastric reflux, post-nasal drip. It usually takes a good history and exam to figure out the cause. Sometimes people have coughs that get better on their own, and we never figure out why they had it in the first place! ...Read more

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What can you take or do to stop a bad cough?

What can you take or do to stop a bad cough?

Severe cough: There are many reasons for coughing and while a cough suppressant seems desirable, the real answer is to identify the "cause" of the cough. By knowing the trigger, the right treatment can be given. Most coughing is related to throat irritation from cold, sinus infection or allergies. Chronic cough can be related to asthma or even acid reflux. Dextromethorphan is a common cough suppressant (dm). ...Read more

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What can I do for a bad cough for nearly 3 weeks?

What can I do for a bad cough for nearly 3 weeks?

See doctor: Coughing that has not resolved within 3-4 weeks could be related to asthma, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, sinus infection, acid reflux and a whole lot more possibilities. Rather than keep waiting, a lung specialist can assist in an accurate diagnosis, so specific treatment can be given and life will be good again! ...Read more

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Which medicine should I take if I have bad cough?

Which medicine should I take if I have bad cough?

Depends: The medicine to treat cough is the medication that treats the underlying cause triggering the cough. Cough suppressants can decrease the cough response at the level of the brain's cough center, but should only be for temporary use due to side effects and risk for addiction in some. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause of cough such that a specific treatment is offered. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a bad cough for a month?

What should I do if I have a bad cough for a month?

Cough: Cough of longer than a month in the setting of failed over the counter and other home remedies, may require a visit to your doctor for further evaluation, possible chest x-ray and lab testing. All the best! ...Read more

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I've got had a bad cough for 3 months. Help please?

I've got had a bad cough for 3 months. Help please?

Cough: Cough of longer than a month in the setting of failed over the counter and other home remedies, may require a visit to your doctor for further evaluation, possible chest x-ray and lab testing. All the best! ...Read more

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I've had a very bad cough for 2 weeks - what's going on?

I've had a very bad cough for 2 weeks - what's going on?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had a bad cough for 3 months?

What do you suggest if I have had a bad cough for 3 months?

See physician: Should see physician for examination and possible chest radiograph. Many causes for chronic cough.Common causes are post nasal drip, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux. Infections and chronic bronchitis are other causes. ...Read more

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Has a bad cough every morning. Not much cough during the day.

Postnasal drip: From allergies is causing the morning cough. Try otc allergy medicines. See doctor if cough has worsened ...Read more

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I have been having a bad cough for a week without getting better?

I have been having a bad cough for a week without getting better?

Need 2 c ur doctor: Several possibilities, either upper and / or lower respiratory tract problem, you may need prescription medications, good luck ...Read more

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Cough. What is or was your favorite medicine for your child for a bad cough?

Cough. What is or was your favorite medicine for your child for a bad cough?

Treat the cause.: Difficult coughs may be triggered by various causes: lung inflammation, allergy, wheezing, sinus drainage, and even reflux. The best way to cope with the cough is to treat the actual cause: anti-inflammatories, inhaled steroids, antihistamines, bronchodilators, decongestants, or anti-reflux medications. One or more of these may be needed to quell that cough--even better than traditional cough meds. ...Read more

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I took a nyqil but am being kept awake with a bad cough. What can I take for it?

I took a nyqil but am being kept awake with a bad cough. What can I take for it?

See your doctor: A cough can be for a number of reasons, which could include a cold, pneumonia, allergies, asthma, acid reflux, or other things. Rather than self-medicating, it is best that you see your doctor to evaluate you and figure out the true cause for your cough. This way you could be treated most effectively. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I've been having this seriously bad cough for a while now. What can I use to treat this?

I've been having this seriously bad cough for a while now. What can I use to treat this?

Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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I've been taking benzonante earler today but still have a bad cough, can I take tussicaps now?

I've been taking benzonante earler today but still have a bad cough, can I take tussicaps now?

The drugs: Do not interact. I cannot give particular diagnosis, treatment advice for an individual especially since tussicaps contain significant amounts of a class II narcotic! ...Read more

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I have a bad cough what kind of medication would you suggest that I can get from the drug store?

I have a bad cough what kind of medication would you suggest that I can get from the drug store?

Cough medication: Medications with Guaifenesin and dextromethorphan will help. Guaifenesin will help break up mucous and dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Feel better! ...Read more

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How to treat a bad cough?

How to treat a bad cough?

Find the cause: Cough has many causes. It is a defense mechanism first and foremost. When you have a cough that persists for a long time, you have to find the underlying cause before you can treat it. The most common causes of persistent cough are postnasal drip, acid reflux, and asthma. But the list of possible causes is nearly endless, and you'd need to see a doctor. Especially if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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How do I stop a really bad cough?

How do I stop a really bad cough?

Know the cause: Cough can be from the lungs, the sinuses, allergy, the throat, acid reflux, and is a reaction to something that triggers the cough reflex. Have it evaluated as the best treatment is to treat the cause. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to combat at bad cough?

Are there any ways to combat at bad cough?

Diagnose: The answer depends on the history of why you are coughing. How long has it been, what is the quality of the mucus if any that you are producing, other symptoms that go along with the cough, etc.? Depending on the answer will determine how best to treat your cough. You will probably want to start with your doctor to begin to get answers. ...Read more

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My 1 year old is starting with a bad cough?

My 1 year old is starting with a bad cough?

Doctor can evaluate: A one year-old with a "bad cough" should be seen by his primary care doctor. Common colds usually cause a mild cough, not a "bad cough". A bad cough can be bronchiolitis (due to RSV virus), asthma symptoms, croup (due to viral infection of the voicebox area), bronchitis (due to bacterial or viral infection), pneumonia, or an accidentally swallowed toy or object. A doctor can start treatment. ...Read more

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How can I get help with a really bad cough?

How can I get help with a really bad cough?

Cough remedies: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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My baby has a bad cough, should I be worried?

My baby has a bad cough, should I be worried?

Yes, if not sleeping: Cough is a natural healthy response to rid lung passages of respiratory irritants--as long as it is occasional and not life altering. But, if your baby's cough is severe enough to disturb your sleep or hers, then further evaluation is warranted. Also, cough with fever, bloody sputum, persistent vomiting, wheeze, or breathlessness could signal a more serious problem. For these, call your doctor. ...Read more

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What can you give a four year old for a bad cough?

What can you give a four year old for a bad cough?

Bad cough: You can try honey with tea temporarily until you can call your doctor for an appointment for your child to be examined to determine the cause of the bad cough and give appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of and remedy a bad cough?

What can I do to take care of and remedy a bad cough?

Identify the reason: There are multiple reasons for significant cough. To find the most effective treatment requires uncovering the trigger. The cause of cough may be asthma, infection, foreign body, heart failure, etc. Rather than try to suppress the cough, see a cough specialist, such as an allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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What should I do with my 1 year old with a bad cough?

What should I do with my 1 year old with a bad cough?

Doctor: Using a humidifier, regular use of saline nose drops to keep the mucus draining and above see the doctor to find out what the cause, so that proper therapy can be instituted. ...Read more