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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...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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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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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