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Doctor insights on: Which Antibiotic Is Best For Severe Cough

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Every winter I get a severe cough in spasms that lasts for 4 months.seems to be lasting longer each year.not asthma test done.Antibiotics no good ?

Every winter I get a severe cough in spasms that lasts for 4 months.seems to be lasting  longer each year.not asthma test done.Antibiotics no good ?

Possibilities...: A cough that lasts for 4 months is by definition a chronic cough. Possible causes include bronchospasm, GERD, sinus disease. Each of these should be aggressively treated until the cough is controlled. The likely diagnosis is bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Antibiotics are not needed since an infection would be shorter duration. See a lung doctor. ...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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My sister was diagnosed with pneumonia 2wks ago, antibiotics given. She has had a low grade(101) steady fever for 13 days with severe cough.

My sister was diagnosed with pneumonia 2wks ago, antibiotics given.  She has had a low grade(101) steady fever for 13 days with severe cough.

Needs follow up ASAP: Complications from pneumonia may arise - and if she STILL HAS FEVER, I would be very concerned for the development of an empyema or other complication. An empyema is pus trapped against the lung and the chest wall, and is known to occur particularly with severe disease and in certain patients who may be 'weak' to begin with (diabetes, history of cancer, certain medications like steroids etc). ...Read more

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Severe Cough/congestion off & on for 2 mos. Been treated with antibiotics/steroids (4wks ago). Now have metallic taste when coughing. Why?

Severe Cough/congestion off & on for 2 mos. Been treated with antibiotics/steroids (4wks ago). Now have metallic taste when coughing. Why?

Medication effects: It's quite possible one of the medications you were given (clarithromycin?) gave you the metallic taste. Some antibiotics are known for that side effect. Sometimes too mucus from sinus drainage can taste pretty bad... It sounds like you need a thorough check-up. I wonder if you've been diagnosed with asthma or reactive airway disease - that could explain the ongoing cough. See an ID doc if you can ...Read more

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Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic.Still have 101 fever,severe cough w/phlegm,chest/back pain.Is this normal?

Almost 6 days since dx w/pneumonia, starting antibiotic.Still have 101 fever,severe cough w/phlegm,chest/back pain.Is this normal?

Not normal : It sounds like you need a re-evaluation to make sure a complicating feature to this infection isn't at play or that there isn't an alternative diagnosis beyond just an uncomplicated pneumonia. ...Read more

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My daughter has a severe cough. I don't have insurance at the moment but I am re all worried. She threw up green stuff yesterday morning. I can't afford to get antibiotics causeb I am In a DV shelter. She has no fever. Just severe coughing and congestion?

My daughter has a severe cough. I don't have insurance at the moment but I am re all worried. She threw up green stuff yesterday morning. I can't afford to get antibiotics causeb I am In a DV shelter. She has no fever. Just severe coughing and congestion?

Severe cough . .: . . . I am so sorry for your situation, for you and your daughter. However, your daughter does need medical attention, based upon your description. I would hope that wherever you live, there would be a clinic or even an emergency room that could evaluate your daughter for you. Ideally, it would be great if everyone had a family doctor to see . . . ...Read more

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2nd round of antibiotics& prednisone & albutrol for severe cough. Is it whooping cough? Cough not any better. What next? Dr said pneumonia 1st time

2nd round of antibiotics& prednisone & albutrol for severe cough. Is it whooping cough? Cough not any better. What next? Dr said pneumonia 1st time

Doubtful: Whooping cough has a characteristic sound to it and is some really bad coughing too did your doctor do a chest x-ray yet? A blood count would be abnormal too. Chronic sinus drainage will cause a cough especially with respiratory allergies. Basically your doctor needs to dig a little more to find your solution. ...Read more

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Helo docs, can you please tell me if theres any home remedies for children who r suffering from severe cough for years specially at night during bed time... And also neithers cought expect syrup npr anti biotic is wrking. .. Has tried so many docs presc

Helo docs, can you please tell me if theres any home remedies for children who r suffering from severe cough  for years specially at night during bed time... And also neithers cought expect syrup npr anti biotic is wrking. .. Has tried so many docs presc

Clean air: Night cough is often related to non specific irritants in the sleeping environment. These include dust, fumes, smoke, fragrance of cleaning agents or dryer sheets and the like. If you can smell it it can irritate the airway & make kids cough. Dust mites also get into the weave of the pillow or mattress & build up over time. Kids that are sensitive get a super exposure every time they go to bed. ...Read more

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Dear dr. My daughter has a chiken box with fever and severe cough. What should I do ? What is the best treatment?

Dear dr.  My daughter has a chiken box with fever and severe cough. What should I do ? What is the best treatment?

Get to the Doctor: Any child with a fever should be seen and examined. There are prescription medications that may be needed. There is also a vaccine to have prevented this illness. ...Read more

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Im currently having cough and colds right now, can i ask what is the best antibiotic i need to take? Thank you.

Im currently having cough and colds right now, can i ask what is the best antibiotic i need to take? Thank you.

Upper respiratory: Many of our colds are viral infections and antibiotics will not help at all. Rest, ibuprofen, decongestants and plenty of fluid help most, along with time. If yo truly have a bacterial infection, the penicillin class or cephalosporin class are first line treatments, followed by macrolides like clarithromycin and azithromycin. ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for heavy cough and malarie, age is about 68 year old?

Best antibiotic for heavy cough and malarie, age is about 68 year old?

Cannot diagnose: And treatment is dependent upon diagnosis. A cough is only a symptomatic manifestation of a disease involving the respiratory tract. If you have malaria you really need to see an infectious diseases expert asap. ...Read more

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My son is sick. He is 4. He has severe runny nose, a cough lots of congestion and a red puffy left cheek near sinus area. No fever? How should I proceed antibiotics or not?

My son is sick. He is 4.  He has severe runny nose, a cough lots of congestion and a red puffy left cheek near sinus area. No fever? How should I proceed antibiotics or not?

See doctor: Your boy sounds as if a visit to your PCP or pediatrician would be a reasonable idea. Let them decide whether antibiotic therapy is warranted. Good luck ...Read more

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Can severe sore throat and chest congestion, cough last for over a week in 3 yrs old. He had 101 fever 1 night only.Today is his 3rd dy on antibiotics?

Can severe sore throat and chest congestion, cough last for over a week in 3 yrs old. He had 101 fever 1 night only.Today is his 3rd dy on antibiotics?

Nebulized medication: Although the problem appears to be from a viral infection, some may require a nebulized bronchodilator and/or steroid to get over the chest congestion. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Severe sore throat,cough,headache,no appetite,fever,feel hot,chest tightness from coughing.Doc said dont know, strep neg, gave antibiotic.Been 7 days!

Severe sore throat,cough,headache,no appetite,fever,feel hot,chest tightness from coughing.Doc said dont know, strep neg, gave antibiotic.Been 7 days!

Viral?: It's most likely viral as most upper respiratory infections are. It is possible it is bacterial and you were given the wrong antibiotic. Viruses may take up to 3 weeks to go away. ...Read more

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Could a severe cough hurt your lungs?

Could a severe cough hurt your lungs?

Inflammation...: A persistent cough will maintain some inflammation in the airways which can cause bronchospasm and continued cough. This is the reason for a cough to remain even after a bronchitis infection has resolved. The treatment often includes a steroid inhaler to decrease the inflammation as well as a bronchodilator inhaler to relieve bronchospasm. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more