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Should a worry about a cough that has been producing various shades of phlegm. Had cough for 4 days?

Should a worry about a cough that has been producing various shades of phlegm. Had cough for 4 days?

Bronchitis...: This is likely bronchitis and if you have no to minimal fever, it is likely due to a virus. It should run its course and you should begin to feel better in a few days to a week. If symptoms worsen or don't resolve, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.

Generally normal: It may take a few weeks for the cilia (lung hair cells) and edema (swelling) to subside. Over the counter cough suppressants may help. Increase water intake. If cough persists more than a few weeks or mucus becomes discolored it's time to see your physician. ...Read more

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I have had an URI a couple weeks ago with a cough and trouble speaking. The URI is gone just not the cough. When to worry and not worry about a cough?

I have had an URI a couple weeks ago with a cough and trouble speaking. The URI is gone just not the cough. When to worry and not worry about a cough?

Cough: You might cough for 2-3 weeks or so with a cold. Typically that would be more so at night. If the cough persists more than 2-3 weeks, if there are persistent fevers, if the cough seems to be worsening, if weight loss, if cough worsens with activity, if short of breath, then these are all reasons to see the doctor and get this checked out. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need to worry about this cough?

How do I know if I need to worry about this cough?

Worrisome coughs: See your doc if:
cough is progressively getting worse
coughing up blood
cough with fever
cough with wheezing and or chest tightness
coughing longer than 6 weeks
coughing so hard you vomit. ...Read more

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Can an adult take double the dose of a children's nighttime cough medice or more?

Can an adult take double the dose of a children's nighttime cough medice or more?

Agree: In general that reasoning may apply. But different cough syrups have different ingredients and individuals may have different sensitivities. So the other answer is correct- need to know which medicine you mean specifically. ...Read more

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I have a cough that makes me gag, should I worry?

I have a cough that makes me gag, should I worry?

Cough with gag: The gag you are having is a reflex from the cough. You should not worry but think of the cough and what is causing it. A virus, exposure to chemicals or dust, infection with fever, asthma and acid reflux. If this is recent it may go away quickly (5-7days). If this is long term and chronic then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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How do you know if dry cough is something to worry about?

How do you know if dry cough is something to worry about?

7 to10 days: Most of viral inf. Wilol cause selflimiting dry cough in a few days.Persistent cough can be secondary to serious illness or allergies or asthma. ...Read more

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Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Clear mucus once in a while during cough. Is that anything to worry about?

Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more

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I'm delivering my baby this week, but I'm sick with cough and colds. Should I worry?

I'm delivering my baby this week, but I'm sick with cough and colds. Should I worry?

Flu in pregnancy: If this is just a common cold, it should improve with taking home simple remedies such as rest, warm soup (chicken) as it imrpves your bodies defence mechanisms. You need to have your obstetrican evalaute you and the baby, during this time. If you do not have any dyspnea, I expect you to do well. Again butter to get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?

How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to get it as an adult specially if you had the booster shot. Check with your doctor to make sure you did not misdiagnosed ...Read more

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I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days

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I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days

See physician: Tickly cough suggests allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip. Acid reflux may be considered. If medicines do not help, see your doc, and further work up may be necessary if this persists. At night time secretions do collect in lungs and throat and secretions going down into lungs may cause bronchospasm. ...Read more

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I have a bad pain in my lower left side, it's painful particularly when I cough. Its gradually been getting worse since this morning. Should I worry?

Depends on symptoms: Some possibilities
lungs-short of breath, hurts to breathe, coughing up blood, discolored phlegm, (pneumonia).
Kidney-pain/frequency of urination, bad smelling or blood in urine, sharp pain down side (infection or kidney stone).
Ovary-focal, sharp pain (cyst).
See a doctor asap especially with fever/chills or vomiting. If only muscles between ribs hurt (costrochonditis), try heat/aleve or advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

Nasopharyngeal swab: Pcr testing for whooping cough (pertussis) is taken from a nasopharyngeal (back of nose) specimen. It is obtained with a nasal wash or dacron swab and submitted to the appropriate lab. ...Read more

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What causes adults to cough up blood?

What causes adults to cough up blood?

Possibilities...: The most common reason for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy must always be ruled out so, if you are coughing blood, see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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4yo has a dry cough and slightly stuffy at times, is a dry cough something to worry about?

Allergies?: Sometimes a dry cough can be from a minor irritation
such as dry windy weather or allergies, sometimes from a minor cold. It sounds like possible allergies. Treating with an antihistamine like claritin (loratadine) is a possibility if the condition is persistent or occurs frequently
consult with your doctor ...Read more

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Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis Should I worry?

Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis Should I worry?

Post nasal drip: There are two common causes of lingering cough after bronchitis in patients with a normal chest x-ray; (1) upper airway cough syndrome (postnasal drip syndrome) and (2) underlying wheezing or asthma. The former is related to inflammation of the upper airways and the latter is related to inflammation of the lower airways. Both can cause a hoarse voice. See your doctor for a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

Don't think so: Chronic bronchitis is when you cough constantly and produce sputum. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001153/
if you had an episode last year and now again, that's 2 episodes of acute bronchitis. ...Read more

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MY head hurts when I cough should I worry?

MY head hurts when I cough should I worry?

Evaluation: If headache persist see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How common is it to develop cough variant asthma as an adult?

Not Common: People often talk about cough variant asthma, but it really is asthma with cough as a symptom instead of wheeze. So if you are coughing see an allergist and have a breathing test called a spirometry. This will tell you if asthma is there or not. The most common cause of cough is post nasal drip and acid reflux can also play a big role. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best non liquid cough medicine for adults?

Benzonatate: cough pills or event any DM containing pills. But if mild any mint containing tablet causes decrease cough ...Read more

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Could a persistent cough in a smoker be something to worry about?

Could a persistent cough in a smoker be something to worry about?

Yes...: Persistent cough in a smoker could be a sign of copd. If the cough is productive, chronic bronchitis may be present and if non-productive, empysema may be present. Either way, you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Smoking cessation is absolutely necessary and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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Is it likely for an adult to suddenly develop cough variant asthma?

Is it likely for an adult to suddenly develop cough variant asthma?

Cough: Persistent cough can be due to sinus infections, asthma, smoking, lung infection or disease and GERD. If your cough has lasted more than 2-3 weeks whether persistent or intermittent you really need to see your doctor and go through the list of possibilities for you. A cough is a mechanical way for the body to eliminate mucous from the lung which is normally migrates out without any effort. ...Read more

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Hi I was in a car accident and am having some back pain. It hurts when I cough. Should I worry?

Hi I was in a car accident and am having some back pain. It hurts when I cough. Should I worry?

Yes and no: The fact that you are having some pain is concerning.
It may be nothing but I would recommend seeing your doctor to make sure everything is okay.
Especially if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Can an adult take a double dosage of children's benylin (dextromethorphan) night time cough or more?

Can an adult take a double dosage of children's benylin (dextromethorphan) night time cough or more?

Check w/ chemist/MD: Be aware that the dosing of medications that adult or children can take for similar conditions are not always intuitive. Taking double a pediatric dose or mare may cause you to inadvertently overdose yourself. Best to check with your chemist or doctor. ...Read more