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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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Throat itches/burns, and hurts to swallow, accompanied by a non-productive cough, body aches, fatigue. Temperature is only in the 99's?

Throat itches/burns, and hurts to swallow, accompanied by a non-productive cough, body aches, fatigue. Temperature is only in the 99's?

Probable flu: Symptoms you describe appear to be viral. Cannot totally rule out a bacterial cause. Common cold usually does not cause extensive aches/pains. You might find that your temperature goes higher at night. The best thing to do is stay away from others to keep them well, gargle with regular Listerine, use Lozenge with benzocaine, take vitamin C and OTC cough medicine. Not improved in 2 days see MD. ...Read more

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Woke up feeling sweaty but cold. Major headache and body aches.Hurts terribly when cough.Nasal dry and blockedblood sugar was @90it gets low.Any ideas?

Viral URI: You may have influenza or a flu-like illness, but this requires you to go and be tested to be specifically diagnosed. It is worth it, because if you have influenza treatment is available. If not, stay rested, well hydrated, get symptomatic relief from otc products and get well in time for the holidays. Good luck. ...Read more

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My sinuses hurt, my nose is running and my body aches. I also have a cough. Ibhave been taking paracetamol and codeine but it doesn't seem to help.

My sinuses hurt, my nose is running and my body aches. I  also have a cough. Ibhave been taking paracetamol and codeine but it doesn't seem to help.

Wait it out.: Sounds like you might have a viral syndrome or perhaps influenza. Might want to tray a non steroidal anti-inflammatory agent. With viruses it is time that cures you while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Just wondering what the symptoms might be if you have carbon monoxide poising? If I do have how long should I wait to see a doct I have had a fever headache body aches my chest has been really tight and hurts to cough and breath deep.

Just wondering what the symptoms might be if you have carbon monoxide poising? If I do have how long should I wait to see a doct I have had a fever headache body aches my chest has been really tight and hurts to cough and breath deep.

Viral cold, probably: The symptoms you describe are most probably a viral respiratory infection, even the real flu (influenza). See a physician, to make sure it is not anything more serious. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a "silent killer", usually causing very little symptoms before killing the patient; there may be fatigue and headache, but none of the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Cough 2weeks, sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever.Taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea w/no results. Any recommendations?

Cough 2weeks, sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever.Taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea w/no results. Any recommendations?

Influenza test: Better to be safe and have a rapid influenza test since this sounds very much like a viral infection. No fever leads me to think less likely influenza but better to rule it out. ...Read more

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Cough for 2 weeks, deep sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever been taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea, w/no improvement any recommendat?

Cough for 2 weeks, deep sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever been taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea, w/no improvement any recommendat?

Bronchitis: You have bronchitis. Need to know if there is tightness in the chest or wheezing (asthmatic bronchitis). You do not require antibiotics unless purulent sputum (green or brown coloration). If dm doesnt suppress cough you may profit from a codiene containing expectorant. For bronchial tightness you need an inhaler or theophyllin (200 mg three times a day) or some steroids - like Prednisone few days. ...Read more

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I noticed I have a swollen lymph on the back of my neck just before the hairline should I be worried? I've had a dry cough since last week with body aches and a sore throat. My cough has calmed down a bit my body aches are gone my throat still hurts a lit

I noticed I have a swollen lymph on the back of my neck just before the hairline should I be worried? I've had a dry cough since last week with body aches and a sore throat. My cough has calmed down a bit my body aches are gone my throat still hurts a lit

Are : Are we sure this is a lymph node? An isolated lymph node in the suboccipital area would be unusual unless there were inflammatory/infectious processes of the posterior scalp skin or very rarely spread of skin cancers. Did it appear at the time of your other symptoms or has it possibly been present for some time and you now just noticed it. Sebaceous cysts (blocked oil glands) or small lipomas (fatty tumors-benign) can be mistaken for a lymph node. If it persists beyond 3-4 weeks it would be reasonable to have it looked at. If it remains swollen and tender (not usually a characteristic of a malignant lymph node) a course of appropriate antiobiotics and short term oral steroids wouldn't be inappropriate. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, headache, body aches, cough, ear ache, nausea and my neck hurts. The sore throat is the worst part. Even though I have a cough, could it be strep throat or is it a virus that will pass through?

I have a sore throat, headache, body aches, cough, ear ache, nausea and my neck hurts. The sore throat is the worst part. Even though I have a cough, could it be strep throat or is it a virus that will pass through?

URI: It is likely an upper respiratory infection with those constellation of symptoms. There is a remote possibility of strep but antibiotics are minimally help strep throat, they are only given to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever and that depends on where you live and your ethnicity and socioeconomic status. See your Dr. if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Can I take nyquil for body aches, congestion & cough?

Can I take nyquil for body aches, congestion & cough?

Yes, you can: But read the labels carefully, there are several nyquil preparations, some may interact with medicines you are already on, or may be contraindicated for you, good luck ...Read more

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I have a productive cough, awful headache and my body aches. What could it be and how long should I wait to see the dr?

I have a productive cough, awful headache and my body aches. What could it be and how long should I wait to see the dr?

Probable viral....: Your symptoms sound like there is a viral etiology. This typically resolves on its own over several days. If your symptoms worsen or it does not resolve after a week, then see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I've had a cough along with body aches, not feeling so well, and dizziness for a little longer than three weeks now, what does that mean?

I've had a cough along with body aches, not feeling so well, and dizziness for a little longer than three weeks now, what does that mean?

Seasonal allergies: If your symptoms have persisted for 3 weeks, you are probably suffering from seasonal allergies. Try OTC allergy medication. If you do not improve, seek the attention of an allergist or an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Synptoms of cold have now turned into hard to swallowlow grade fever body aches cough isn't to bad anymore is it safe to wait till tomoro 2 c dr?

Up to you: If you feel better, that seems encouraging, but you may be experiencing symptoms of bacterial superinfection, which can be just as bad as a viral infection. I would call your doctor and run it by them before you decide on waiting on this ...Read more

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I have a headache it started last night Monday I had felt like I was gonna cough I think it was coming from the lungs I have body aches what do I got?

I have a headache it started last night Monday I had felt like I was gonna cough I think it was coming from the lungs I have body aches what do I got?

It might be Flu?: Muscle aches and Headaches can be caused by a virus like head cold(Flu). This is followed by a sore throat or running nose. If it is a virus infection, it should settle down in 5-6 days. If it gets worse, then you should go see your doctor. For now you could take Tylenol to get some relief. ...Read more

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My 2yr old son has a common cold, in which he has had for 2days. Along with his cold is a horrible cough, congestion, n body aches. Now ever since the?

My 2yr old son has a common cold, in which he has had for 2days. Along with his cold is a horrible cough, congestion, n body aches. Now ever since the?

Viral infection: It sounds like your son has a viral infection. As long as he does not have difficulty breathing or very high fever, giving him lots of fluids or pain/fever reducers maybe all you need to treat his symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Body Aches (Definition)

Generalized soreness/ ...Read more