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I have a headcold and a constant cough. I am taking an antibiotic but it doesn't seem to be working. What can I do next?
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Dr. Martin Fielder
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rest and wait
Probably viral then and sometimes it takes awhile to clear. Otc meds can help symptoms, but won't make it go away quicker. Stay in contact with your doc to make sure you don't have a pneumonia.

In brief: Rest and wait
Probably viral then and sometimes it takes awhile to clear. Otc meds can help symptoms, but won't make it go away quicker. Stay in contact with your doc to make sure you don't have a pneumonia.
Dr. Martin Fielder
Dr. Martin Fielder
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Viral?
Your symptoms may be due to a viral infection and if this is the case, antibiotics will be ineffective.
The infection will likely run it's course over a few days to a week. If your symptoms are worsening, see your doctor again so you can be re-evaluated.

In brief: Viral?
Your symptoms may be due to a viral infection and if this is the case, antibiotics will be ineffective.
The infection will likely run it's course over a few days to a week. If your symptoms are worsening, see your doctor again so you can be re-evaluated.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Chronic
If it has only been a few days, you can wait and see whether the cough goes away.
A lot of times antibiotics won't help a cough right away, or it won't help at all if the cough is caused by a virus. Most viral illnesses get better in a few days anyway. If the cough is persistent for longer than 10-14 days then it would be important to see a doctor to find out what is causing it.

In brief: Chronic
If it has only been a few days, you can wait and see whether the cough goes away.
A lot of times antibiotics won't help a cough right away, or it won't help at all if the cough is caused by a virus. Most viral illnesses get better in a few days anyway. If the cough is persistent for longer than 10-14 days then it would be important to see a doctor to find out what is causing it.
Dr. Steven Bowers
Dr. Steven Bowers
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