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Why Do I Have This Lingering Cough
Why do I have a metallic taste in my mouth when I cough? I'm not on an antibiotic anymore I stopped almost 2 months ago but my cough and wheezing are still lingering. Is that normal for it to be 2 months with cough and wheezing and metallic taste? Thanks!
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
Depends on cause: Lingering cough could be sign of lung irritation from virus, or even chronic infection by bacteria (bronchitis or pneumonia). These can also lead to asthma/wheezing. Allergies, reflux of acid from stomach, smoking, heart problems and some medications can also cause. If lingering, should see doctor. If with colored phlegm, fever, pain, difficulty breathing, or blood, you should see more urgently. ...Read more
Is it normal for lingering cough to last more than amonth? My dad has been coughing for over a month
Cough: Would need more info. Is the cough from the throat or from the chest? Is it productive of sputum and if so what does it look like and has it been cultured? Does he have fever or any other symptoms like shortness of breath, etc. Does he smoke. In the Philippines tuberculosis is always a major concern. Have him see a doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more
Son took mucolytic and suppressant for 7 days. After meds he is still coughing, shud I continue giving the meds? For how long? Its a lingering cough.
Depends: It really depends on the cause and duration and you other medical issues. If it is from a cold it will go away but hydration, rest, honey, tea, and over the counter cough medicines may help. In general cough medicines are not that helpful but may be worth a try. If it persists you should see your doctor to evaluate for more sinister causes. ...Read more
I had a cold last week but feel much better now. I still have a lingering cough and congestion though. How long until this usually goes away?
2 weeks: The post-infection symptoms can sometimes last up to 2 weeks later as your lungs and throat recover. ...Read more
I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am I ok?
No: No and potentally dangerous.Get a more detailed answer ›
Lingering cough for about a month. He coughs when he laughs or talks. It has become worse over the month.
My son is 7 yo. He just recently finished a course of antibx for bronchitis. However, he has a lingering cough d/t drainage. What should I give?
Depends: The cough of bronchitis can persist for a month, long after completing a standard abx course. This is how the lung removes residual mucous & debris from the process. If the kid has resumed his normal level of play activity, diet and rest, you can ignore the cough.Robitussin like products can loosen the secretions, but are optional. If he continues to act sick he should be re-evaluated. ...Read more
My 5 year old caught a cold 3 weeks ago. Had fever on day 1. He's happy & energetic now, but he's had a lingering cough for 2 weeks. Problem?
The most common: Reason for persistent cough after a viral infection is Reactive Airway Disease (RAD). RAD = mild Asthma, in which a child has spasm of the small airways manifested by coughing, but not audible wheezing or trouble breathing. His pediatrician can diagnose this. Another possibility is " walking pneumonia" from a viral or Mycoplasma infection. Don't give cold/ cough meds under age 6. Take him in. ...Read more
I recovered from a cold a month ago, but there's still a lingering cough, sometimes when I speak but mostly at night when I sleep. What can I do?
Possibilities.....: This could be related to bronchospasm which can occur after an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. Both bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can be used to treat this, if present. Another possibility is post-nasal drip and there are effective steroid nasal sprays that can treat this. So, see your doctor to determine the precise etiology of your symptoms so treatment can be rendered. ...Read more
My 2.5 year old daughter often has a lingering cough 2 weeks after a cold. Can I give her cough medication if yes which one? We just give her honey
My 2yo had a cold almost 3 weeks ago. After he recovered was told his lingering nightly cough was drainage. How long is too long for a cough like this?
A month: Colds and post nasal drip can linger for 3-4 weeks. It is also possible he has caught another mild cold after the last one and iyt looks like one long cold. I would have him rechecked. Sinusitis cod be a possibility and we often consider asthma with a night time cough...Elderberry can be helpful as can a.I.R. Tea (www. Franzcenter. Com under herbaceuticals). ...Read more
My 4 year old has a lingering cough, lungs are clear, but he's been coughing a lot today. Will using the nebulizer help?
Cough: Not always come from the lungs, could be his throat, sinuses ears or his nose, although cough could be the first sign of airway irritation and narrowing, you can still use the nebulizer with a bronchodialtor medicine if you have, if that doesn't help, see his doctor, whom you will need to see anyways for proper management after control of your son's cough, wish you both wellness ...Read more
I have had a cold lingering for the past 3 weeks with bad cough, haven't used anything but teas, cough syrup and now I have pain under my rib.?
Pneumonia: Post-viral pneumonia or even lung abscess or pleural space infection is possible, you need to see your doctor asap and get at least chest X-ray and blood work, good luck and feel better soon ...Read more
My son has influenza a, been fever free since Tues and feeling back to normal except a lingering cough. Is it safe for him to be around other people?
Depends: It is nice he is fever free but don't assume the virus has left his secretions. Anyone with flu is considered contagious for a minimum of 7 days after first fever, whether they take an antiviral or not. The presence of a cough signals that his airborne cough droplets may stillpass the germ. ...Read more
After antibiotics for cough had sorethroat colds fever cough again. Now no more colds fever sorethroat but cough still lingering, do I need antibiotics?
Probably not.: Your cough might just be drainage from the back of your throat due to allergies, the cold weather, ; viruses. You may want to try any allergy medicines with expectorant if you need to thin out your mucus. Drink plenty of warm liquids, honey with tea, chicken broth, warm chocolate drinks, coffee etc. If you develop fever and your condition worsened, time to go back to your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
I have a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.
I've got a lingering cough after a cold. Not coughing anything up but in chest. Fever and chills. Do I need antibiotics?
For a few months my chest Weezes when exhaling completely. I have a lingering barking cough too. When running I feel out of breathe although im fit?
Aftr my 8yo kid had flu last march, she stil has lingering cough that comes every now and then esp when her nose is wet. Pls advise y her cough won't go?
For a cough that has been lingering for nearly two weeks after a cold : I take zyrtec daily, if it was allergies would nasacort (triamcinolone) help?
Bronchospasm: Sometimes you can have residual bronchospasm after an upper respiratory infection for weeks after you feel better. Using cough lozenges may help, over the counter cough suppressants at night to help sleep, or talking with your doctor to see if an inhaler may be helpful until your cough improves over the course of the next couple of weeks. Doubtful Nasacort (triamcinolone) will help with the cough. ...Read more
Really bad cold with yellow and green mucus for two weeks. Symptoms improved but Cough still lingering a month later with clear sputum. Is this normal?
Bronchitis in feb. Still have cough, tightness, & short of breath. Possible sumthing is still lingering?
Yes: Would follow up with your primary physician. ...Read more
Is there anything abnormal about feeling faint for a few seconds after coughing? Had recent head cold, but cough is still lingering
Had the flu in December which turned to bronchitis. Treated for bronchitis but still have lingering cough. How can I get rid of the cough?
Time and Rx?: When was the last time you had a follow up appointment with your doctor? Have they given you cough suppressants like benzonatate (Tessalon) that you can take with OTC guaifenesin which works well for a lot of people and is non-sedating. If it's so bad you can't work or function well or sleep there's the possibility of codeine at night but that's a discussion for your doc. Time is the ultimate factor ...Read more
I finished antibiotics for an infection but still have a lingering cough can I still be contagious? I have a one month old baby. Cough is dry tickle
Difficult to say: Difficult to answer absolutely since you don't say what the infection was or what the antibiotic was. But, with that qualification, a dry lingering cough that is more of a tickle is not so likely to be due to a lingering infection, but more likely some lingering irritation. The good news is that a 1 month old baby still has a high level of maternal antibodies in its system, so may be less succept. ...Read more