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What Could It Be If You Have A Chronic Cough And No Fever
What to do if I have headache. No other symptoms to it. I have also developed a dry cough. Is this normal?
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
Breathing problems: If you are experiencing cough associated with significant fever, you may very well have pneumonia, and that will require an antibiotic. Other potential causes include a blot clot in the lung, tumor, and other inflammatory conditions of the lung. So, yes, it could be something bad. Best to have it checked out. ...Read more
Cough: Many times a productive cough suggests an infection in the bronchial tubes or lungs. That is a more serious infection than a regular cold. You should get checked by a doctor to listen to your lungs. That is the best way to get the right diagnosis and begin a treatment. Especially if have been coughing more than 10 days. ...Read more
Possibilities....: There are many possible causes of a non-productive cough including throat irritation, bronchospasm, medication side effect, post-nasal drip, GERD, etc. In turn, there are many conditions that can cause bronchospasm like asthma, COPD, CHF, etc. Treatment depends on the diagnosis so see your doctor so that your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
What could be causing a headache that persists more than a week? They are usually so bad I have to sleep it off; no cold or cough.
Headaches: The ongoing headaches for a week warrant medical attention. Some of the common causes in a 50-year-old person include arthritis or a herniated disc in the neck, sinusitis, a brain tumor, a ruptured aneurysm, and poorly controlled high blood pressure. Migraines usually do not start at the age of 50. See a neurologist for evaluation of the headaches. ...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
Do you need to have other symptoms for a sore throat to be a concern or something serious? Mine been sore for months but no other symptoms.
Go to the Doctor: I think this question could be the very definition of when you need to be seen in person. Months of pain are not going to be solved on the internet. Your family physician may be a great place to start or you can go directly to an ENT for exam, testing and diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Simply means you are likely gagging on mucous in your throat from an illness or allergies. However, depending on how long the cough has been going on can also help determine if other more concerning issues are occurring. See you doc for an evaluation if the cough has been chronic. ...Read more
How do we know if a sore throat and nasal congestion is due to allergies or something else? If its allergies would it not be accompanied with fever?
See Allergist: Occasional sore throat and congestion can be due to a virus, but if you notice persistent symptoms all year long or seasonal pattern then you are likely suffering from chronic rhinitis. Allergy symptoms are NOT accompanied by fever. Symptoms include congestion, post-nasal drip, sneezing, itchy/watery nose and eyes, etc. If you would like to determine cause see an Allergist for further testing. ...Read more
If you have a bad infection can you have severe pain in your head ears and neck is it something else or sould i be concerned about this pain?
Itching And Dialysis: Most propeller have itching whether they are on hemo or peritoneal dialysis. Cause are accumulation of phosphorous in the blood due to renal failure, allergies to some component of the dialysis process (plastic, cleansing agents, additives to the dialysis fluid, etc), or there is no known cause and it just comes and goes without ever having an answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a bad cough and chest pain. I don't have a fever. Can you have pneumonia without a fever? Or do you always have a fever?
Yes, you can have: There are many causes for having high WBC, infection being one of them. The lack of fever implies that the cause is something other than infection. There are some blood disorders which can show up as high WBC, so a complete blood count(CBC) done a couple of times over one month will help clarify which direction to proceed in terms of further testing. Send us the results of the CBC. ...Read more
Walking pneumonia: If an infection is suspected, a possibility is something called mycoplasma pneumonia which can present as an ongoing cold with or without fever. Could be something other than an infection too, such as asthma, allergic bronchitis, or other issue. Have it checked out by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm pregnant and have sore throat chills no fever and sneezing. What could this be and do I need to see a doctor?
URI: This sounds like a common cold because you are having nasal symptoms along with your sore throat, although it might also represent allergy. Since you are pregnant it never hurts to err on the side of safety and see your doctor, although it is doubtful that they would do very much. Stay well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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