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What are potential causes for a productive cough lasting for more than a week and is it worse for an asthmatic?

What are potential causes for a productive cough lasting for more than a week and is it worse for an asthmatic?

Bronchitis or asthma: You may be having a bout of bronchitis or worsening in your asthma. If this persists, see your doctor who may get a lung function test on you to assess whether your asthma is out of control. ...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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Is it possible to have the flu for more than 2 weeks?

Is it possible to have the flu for more than 2 weeks?

Flu: Yes it is when you have complications. If you are sick over two weeks you should see your doctor about why you are not getting well and get proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

Depends...: Treatment for a chronic cough depends on the reason for the cough. Possible etiologies for a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these have different treatments. See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed first and then treated. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a viral cough?

What is the best treatment for a viral cough?

Supportive care: Nothing except time cures a viral cough. Rest, fluids, nutrition. You can try over the counter cold remedies. Your doc can prescrive a cough suppressant to help with the cough. 7 - 10 days for resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use more than one treatment for my eye infection?

Is it possible to use more than one treatment for my eye infection?

Yes: I would consult with your ophthalmologist before you decide to change your treatment regimen. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for 2 days of productive cough ?

What is the best medicine for  2 days of productive cough ?

Fluids: Keep drinking fluids, use Guaifenesin (mucinex). You should visit your doctor to see if you need antibiotic, bronchodilators or some other treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a cold, cough and a running nose that has lasted 2 months?

What is the best treatment for a cold, cough and a running nose that has lasted 2 months?

Allergy...: Your symptoms are likely related to allergy. You may be having bronchospasm as well as nasal allergy symptoms. There are prescription inhalers as well as nasal sprays that may help so see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment. You may need to see an allergist for testing to see what you are allergic to so that avoidance, if possible, can be done. If you smoke, smoking cessation is imperative. ...Read more

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Is more then one round of cipro (ciprofloxacin) needed to treat an ulcer ? What is usual treatment for ulcers?

Is more then one round of cipro (ciprofloxacin) needed to treat an ulcer ? What is usual treatment for ulcers?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic and is not the treatment for peptic ulcer. The usual treatment consists of a bland diet, avoidance of alcohol and caffeine. Medication is usually a ppi like Prilosec daily and antacids as needed. Healing usually occurs after a month or so. ...Read more

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What is the best recommendation for a dry cough?

What is the best recommendation for a dry cough?

Etiology: A dry cough can be caused by a number of diseases including viral infection, allergy, asthma, or physical changes in the environment. The most important thing is to identify the cause of the cough. It is due to an irritation of the tracheal-bronchial lining. Treatment depends on cause. Otc treatment with mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, vit. C or other cough depressants may help. Treatment requires cause. ...Read more

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What is the best natural treatment for a dry cough?

What is the best natural treatment for a dry cough?

See your doc: It really depends on the source, which may be out of the scope of this forum. I would follow up with your doc for a longer discussion. Two very common causes are acid reflux and seasonal allergies, but this all depends on where you live. You can always consider a trial of allergy or reflux medication, but the better bet is see your doctor. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the treatment for a productive cough?

Please help! what is the treatment for a productive cough?

Expectoration: The best treatment if feasible is expectoration to avoid stagnation and inspissation of mucous in the airways if they are from the lung . If infected, antibiotics is used. Fluid and mucolytics are a good way to start. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. I often use a laser to help stop the progression of the lesion if my patient presents during the prodrome phase--see your dentist early ...Read more

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What is the name of a steroid that can be used to treat a chronic migraine that has lasted for longer than 3 days?

What is the name of a steroid that can be used to treat a chronic migraine that has lasted for longer than 3 days?

Methylprednisolone: Migraines that persist for days can be hard to break, and often are treated with a short course of steroids in the form of what is called a dosepack. Typically these start with 6 pills the first day, then 5 pills the next day, then over the next days down to 1. Important tip in migraine treatment is treating early with the right medications so as to avoid these prolonged ones! ...Read more

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Is it common to have a fungal infection on your hands that lasts more than 2 weeks after treatment with antifungal ointment?

Is it common to have a fungal infection on your hands that lasts more than 2 weeks after treatment with antifungal ointment?

Fungus.: Yes. Your description lacks details. But if skin only. May take 6 weeks or longer. If nails involved different story. And must be sure diagnosis is correct. Discuss this wtreating dr. ...Read more

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A person infected with an onychomycosis for 2 years ago. What is the quickest treatment to him? Is that differs of tenia peds treatment?

A person  infected with an onychomycosis for 2 years ago. What is the quickest treatment to him? Is that differs of  tenia peds treatment?

The quickest..: It could be removing infected toe nails to allow the regrowing toe nail come back on the topically treated nail bed skin after an average of 6 - 9 months. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for coughs?

What is the best treatment for coughs?

Need diagnosis...: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses have completely different treatments so you should see your doc for eval for any cough lasting more than a week or 2. If it is due to a virus, it should run its course within that time. There are many effective prescription treatments. ...Read more

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Is there a clear top treatment for chronic cough after pneumonia? What is it?

Is there a clear top treatment for chronic cough after pneumonia? What is it?

Cough: Sometimes just takes time to get better but sometimes after an infection the airway is very sensitive and requires inhalers to help calm down the cough. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a post-viral cough to last more than 10 weeks?

Is it normal for a post-viral cough to last more than 10 weeks?

Unlikely: Post viral cough usually lasts 2-3 weeks after the other cold symptoms have resolved. Consider other causes such as mycoplasma, pertussis, cough variant asthma, reflux, post nasal drainage, or neurogenic. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sinus infections? I have had a couple sinus infections in the past. I had different treatments each time. Is there any one treatment that is better or quicker? .

What is the best treatment for sinus infections? I have had a couple sinus infections in the past. I had different treatments each time. Is there any one treatment that is better or quicker?

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Typically : Typically bacterial sinus infections are managed with antibiotics. There are several antibiotic options depending upon your sensitivity and suspected infective agent. Severe chronic sinus problems may be managed with surgical procedures to improve drainage or remove the lining of the sinus. ...Read more

Dr. Aida Soriano
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Persistent Cough (Definition)

Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a ...Read more


Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Definition)

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