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Still Coughing After Using A Z Pak
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
I have bronchitis and I'm on the z-pack, cough syrup and steroids. I took 4 z-pack pills and my cough is still terrible! When will it get better?
I have bronchitis been on z pack for 3 days am I still contagious? Still have a little cough not bad though. Supposed to watch my 1 mo old grandson
On a 5 day z pack. I only cough with the z pack and if I take a cough expectorant. Will I still rid my lungs of fuid without coughing?
I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?
I was recently diagnosed with strep throat. I subsequently completed a round of z-pack antibiotics. I still have the congestion and a cough which I?
Viral URI?: How was strep throat confirmed? Over 90% of throat infections are viral, which do not respond to antibiotics. Strep is less common at your age and with presence of a cough. Even with confirmed strep it is possible to have other symptoms linger. A Z-pack is also not the antibiotic of choice, and should only be used in patients with penicillin allergy. Try an OTC cough medicine and decongestant, ...Read more
Finished 5 day z-pack 7 days ago, still terrible cough and a lot of phlegm and post nasal drip, no longer green, need to stop coughing throat raw?
Pressure on the lung: It is possible that you have more than bronchitis, such pneumonia on the left side. When laying on bed, the bed is exerting pressure on the chest wall and thus pressure on the lung tissue as well. If the areas is inflammed, it is senstive and thus may worsen your cough. Since you are being treated, just take it easy for few days--lay on back or inclined in couch may help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
How long does it take cough from pneumonia to go away after starting abx (z-pack) it's been 2 days. Fever is gone but cough seems worse.
Varies: Cough results from the inflammation associated with the lung infection, and it will last for several weeks. One may be left with wheezing (bronchospasm) and the cough may persist despite taking all of the antibiotics. Addition of medication to break the wheezing may be necessary, and so followup with the doctor who gave you the antibiotics is recommended. ...Read more
I had bronchitis completed the z pack. My cough was very very bad. Now there is sharp pain behind my left scapula. What is this and can I do anything?
On z pack cough has finally loosened uphear rattling but can't bring it up&out is just coughing helping to move and rid it or does it need to be spit?
Thick mucus does: Not necessarily mean bacteria, forwhich z packs are popularly prescribed. Thick can block a bronchus. A big cough can get it to your throat, but still not able to "hawk it up and out." plenty of liquids, expectorants, and nothing to inhibit your cough is best for you to mobilize thick secretions. Up and out is good, but getting the gunk out of your airways is important. ...Read more
If a z-pack was unsuccessful in treating bronchitis, is there logic in a dr giving another one for a 2nd round? Bronchial spasms, wheezing, cough..
No.: This does not make good sense. Most bronchitis is viral and does not respond to antibiotics. A second course will generally not do any better. Unless you had signs or symptoms that specifically suggested bacterial infection I would hold off on antibiotics and consider other agents for the wheezing and cough. ...Read more
I have had a cold for 3 weeks. Was started on a z-pack 3 days ago. For a few days, have been having sharp pain on right ribcage when I cough or breathe?
Aspirin, H2O2 Humidi: For upper respiratory infections like cold and flu (but also serious infections like pneumonia) I recommend using a humidifier, filled with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That gives you a 1% solution of aerosolized peroxide, which kills the pathogens on contact, and breaks down into carbon dioxide and water. Your chest pain is caused by pleurisy--treatment is aspirin. ...Read more
Cough for 2 mos worse at night and morning not going away. Taken z-pack, prednisone, inhaler after 3 drs. Slight burning in chest. What next?
Chronic cough: There are many causes of chronic cough including asthma, post nasal drip from allergies and sinus infection as well as ge acid reflux. Burning in the chest can be a symptoms of acid reflux. Usual evaluations of chronic cough include lung function testing, chest x-ray and even visit to lung specialist such as pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read more
I have kinda of bloody phlegme no fever or cough I took amoxic& z pack in past month months. Drinking rubatasim, honey lemon now. Is it serious?
See a doctor: Without an exam there is no way in which to know what is happening here, except to say that bleeding from the upper respiratory tract is grossly abnormal and needs investigation. ...Read more
I'm 38 weeks pregnant and have cold/cough/no fever/ baby ok. I'm on z pack. I need to cough but have sharp pain in right side when I do. What can I do?
Cough & pregnancy: Your cough could be due to upper respiratory infection, acid reflux, postnasal drip, etc. Identify the cause, and try treating it. Most cough medicines are not recommended during pregnancy. But could certainly try saline nasal rinsing. If acid reflux is causing cough, you may want to avoid food triggers. Zantac is category b, and you could consider taking it. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Been sick for 7 days hacking green mucas, cough is gone but now have a lot pressure around nose and eyes and ears are stuffed. Took z pack 5 day nohelp?
I have had a cough for almost a month now, tried z pack and it didn't work, now im starting to get a sore throat, what should I do?
Cough: Can be difficult to treat as it is often multifactorial. If you developed it after a respiratory infection then it is possible that the finger like projections that line your airway were damaged by the bacteria or virus that caused you to have symptoms. Try inhaled steroid which would also be effective in treating new onset asthma which can also cause cough. Does require prescription! ...Read more
I have mds. I have been having severe loose productive cough for the last 14 days with white/grey sputum. I don't have fever or nasal congestion. Six days ago, I startedtaking 3 pills from the z pack but there has been noresponse. Six days ago, I got an x
COPD exacerbation: What you describe sounds like you have triggered a tendency to irritation of your bronchial tubes. The underlying problem may come from past smoking. At this time, avoid chemicals, perfumes, dairy, smoke, and spicy foods to decrease mucous production. Use of an inhaler could help if you wheeze. Humidifier will help the mucous to come out. Cough suppressant may help. Discuss with your mds. ...Read more
Sinus infect. 2 wks, Z pack finish week ago. Head/tooth pain gone. How long continue to cough up/blow out yellow phlegm? No wheeze, or is it my chest?
I have a very bad cough. I have a hard time breathing in without coughing. I was prescribed a Z-pack and Mucinex (guaifenesin) D for sinus infection. Bronchospasm?
See doc again: If you have a hard time breathing, you need to get checked again and hopefully get a lung function test or even a chest xray. On the other hand, trouble breathing in is more suggestive of obstruction at the upper airway and not the lung. Once we have the lung function and/or chest x-ray finding, we will have a better chance in pinning down the cause. Zpak may not work for sinusitis ...Read more
Have had trouble taking a full breath in for ~ 1 week. Went to urgent care and got Predisone, Advair, and Z-pack, but nothing is helping. Slight cough now. Went for a chest xray and NP at urgent care said it looks clear. Never smoked. Lung cancer?
2 weeks ago swollen glands, post nasal drip, cough. Got a z-pack- better. Swollen glands are back so is drip. Bad throat pain. Have seas. Allergies to?
Just finished the full course of my Z pack. Still coughing repeatedly. Was diagnosed with bronchitis?
Several Reasons: 1. Your infection may be a virus not a bacteria. Z packs are antibiotics that only work on bacteria. If your infection is from a virus, the z pack will not kill it. 2. It is working & you are now able to bring up all the mucus that collected in your lungs during the infection to get rid of it. 3. There are 3 day & 5 day z packs. You may need the 5 day pack. See your dr if your symptoms get worse. ...Read more
Went to the doctor three days ago for pneumonia was giving two shoots and z pack but I am still having uncontrolled coughing. Why is nothing helping?
Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin) is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more
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