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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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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Body Aches (Definition)

Generalized soreness/ ...Read more