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I have chronic cough even after taking medication. Is it time that I go for an x-ray?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends...
Whether you need a chest x-ray would depend on your other symptoms.
If you have a fever, shortness of breath, body aches, nasal congestion, etc then a chest x-ray may be needed to see if you have pneumonia. However, if you have a chronic non-productive cough, then the possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these and an x-ray may not be needed.

In brief: Depends...
Whether you need a chest x-ray would depend on your other symptoms.
If you have a fever, shortness of breath, body aches, nasal congestion, etc then a chest x-ray may be needed to see if you have pneumonia. However, if you have a chronic non-productive cough, then the possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these and an x-ray may not be needed.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Which medication??? You may need an inhaler. SMOKE???? Other symptoms? Begin with an exam. A lung specialist might be needed.
Dr. Kavitha Gudur
Internal Medicine
In brief: Chronic cough
Xray would definitely be part of the work up.
But that is not the only thing to be looked at. Your doctor by taking history and a physical exam and some more tests will help diagnose the problem.

In brief: Chronic cough
Xray would definitely be part of the work up.
But that is not the only thing to be looked at. Your doctor by taking history and a physical exam and some more tests will help diagnose the problem.
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Dr. Chris Oh
Internal Medicine
In brief: Possibly
Xray of chest is not a bad idea.
Other common causes of chronic cough are acid reflux and post nasal drip. After an upper respiratory infection also a cough may linger for few weeks.

In brief: Possibly
Xray of chest is not a bad idea.
Other common causes of chronic cough are acid reflux and post nasal drip. After an upper respiratory infection also a cough may linger for few weeks.
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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
We consider a cough to be chronic after 6 weeks.
It can be caused by heartburn, asthma, heart trouble, allergies, infections or other serious conditions. If you have a cough that does not improve with over the counter medications after 1-2 weeks, you need to be checked out by a doctor.

In brief: Yes
We consider a cough to be chronic after 6 weeks.
It can be caused by heartburn, asthma, heart trouble, allergies, infections or other serious conditions. If you have a cough that does not improve with over the counter medications after 1-2 weeks, you need to be checked out by a doctor.
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