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Doctor insights on: What Could It Be If You Have A Chronic Cough And No Fever

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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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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Allergies: Most likely nasal allergy followed by mouth breathing followed by a cough possibly productive of mucoid material. Try allergy meds and a vaporizer at night. ...Read more

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My child has hives and a persistent cough, no fever, manifested this morning. any ideas appreciated.

My child has hives and a persistent cough, no fever, manifested this morning.  any ideas appreciated.

Virus: The most common cause of both hives and cough would be viral infection. New hives can be treated with as needed long acting next generation antihistamine (cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine). Be sure to use the appropriate dose. Another potential cause is environmental allergy (in which case antihistamine will also improve cough), but this is less likely to cause the hives. Good luck! ...Read more

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Anyone knows what it means to have a chronic cough, headaches all the time, not much fever and nose isnt runny?

Anyone knows what it means to have a chronic cough, headaches all the time, not much fever and nose isnt runny?

It means you're sick: You have something causing those symptoms, ...Could be allergy mediated post nasal drip with a active/chronic sinusitis causing a cough and a headache, but this is a guess over the computer. See a dr. To get more than a guess. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

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

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My Daughter is experiencing peeling skin and cough (worsened by: worse at night) (quality: chronic cough) . The following also describe her: For last 3 months fingers and toes have been continually peeling . Has been sick with coughs and fevers ?

My Daughter is experiencing  peeling skin and cough (worsened by: worse at night) (quality: chronic cough) . The following also describe her: 
For last 3 months fingers and toes have been continually peeling . Has been sick with coughs and fevers ?

Atopy?: This sounds possibly like a combination of eczema and asthma which often go hand in hand. The length of illness doesn't sound like scarlet fever. Would be worth getting her examined by a doctor to make a diagnosis and/or arrange tests plus treatment ...Read more

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Hello, I have been throwing up, having fevers chills cold sweats. Losing weight unitentionally loss of appitite chronic cough fatigue paleness of skin?

Hello, I have been throwing up, having fevers chills cold sweats. Losing weight unitentionally loss of appitite chronic cough fatigue paleness of skin?

MD: I don't think anyone here can help you other than strongly urging you to visit your family doc for a good evaluation. If you don't have one, go to your local urgent care. You need to be seen. Also, please quit smoking while you are still young. ...Read more

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Chronic cough, night sweats, choking on saliva since Dec. No fever, fatigue, sore throat, or allergies. Xrays, blood work clear in Jan. Ideas? Thanks

Chronic cough, night sweats, choking on saliva since Dec. No fever, fatigue, sore throat, or allergies. Xrays, blood work clear in Jan. Ideas? Thanks

Weight loss?: If you have not lost weight, it is not an emergent issue and not likely to be serious. However, it would be prudent to consult a pulmonologist- lung doctor for an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Could constant tonsil stones cause a general sick feeling (achy, headache, flu like symptoms) and chronic cough?

Depends size: I could imagine. It really depends the size. I wonder how crowded your pharynx is. There also may be postnasal drip causing cough. Have it checked by your doc. ...Read more

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Chronic cough, hard time breathing body hurts chills...do i hv the flu. ..i wirk in child care?

Chronic cough, hard time breathing body hurts chills...do i hv the flu. ..i wirk in child care?

Infection: This may be influenza, but without seeing you and testing there is no way to diagnose. See a doctor, particularly if there is trouble breathing, and do not go to work at child care. You will only infect the children. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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32 yr old male non smoker. Have chronic cough after the flu i got 8 months ago. Chest xray showed patchy opacity in right mid lobe. No other symptoms.

32 yr old male non smoker. Have chronic cough after the flu i got 8 months ago. Chest xray showed patchy opacity in right mid lobe. No other symptoms.

What is your questio: I assume you are under the care of a doctor. He/she will need to investigate and find out the cause for your lung opacity. It could be infection of some sorts. Tb needs to be excluded by further testing. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

The : The cause of a chronic cough can be a very tricky problem to figure out in kids or adults. Common causes include: -asthma -gastro-esophageal reflux -allergies -chronic sinusitis -pertussis (whooping cough) -habit cough -pneumonia or other infectious cause such as tuberculosis it looks like your son's doctor has been doing a good job thinking of these problems and trying to rule out each one with the tests and medication trials they have been suggesting. Most of these problems will cause coughing all night as well as during the day except for habit cough. I've attached a website with some information on habit cough which is very common in kids. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Head face congestion X 11 days recently turned into a persistent cough fever N/V/D X 1 day temp 101.8 advice?

Head face congestion X 11 days recently turned into a persistent cough fever N/V/D X 1 day temp 101.8 advice?

Acute sinusitis: Treatment of sinusitis remains controversial, partly due to acute vs chronic nature. We also want to avoid antibiotic resistance since more upper respiratory infections are due to viruses. However, in cases such as yours, most of us would lean towards prescribing antibiotics. Bottom line, go see your Family Doc for evaluation & treatment. Check out http://goo.gl/EQ71IF for more info. ...Read more

Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more