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A male friend has a dry cough, and also say his chest hurts when he coughs.What can this be?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Possibilities...

The possibilities, especially if the cough has been there for over 3 weeks, include bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or a combination of these diagnoses.
If his chest only hurts when he coughs, it is likely a chest wall issue but if the cough has been there for weeks, it could even be a rib fracture. The best way to get it resolved is to see his doctor for evaluation and treatment.

In brief: Possibilities...

The possibilities, especially if the cough has been there for over 3 weeks, include bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or a combination of these diagnoses.
If his chest only hurts when he coughs, it is likely a chest wall issue but if the cough has been there for weeks, it could even be a rib fracture. The best way to get it resolved is to see his doctor for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine

In brief: Bronchitis

This is likely a viral bronchitis.
Certainly can be worse if ypu smoke, the chest hursts fromt the bronchial rattle in the main bronchial airway, rarely needing antibiotics, it self resolves in 1-2 weeks usually. But if persisting and or fevers after this time need to be seen as outbreaks of mycoplasma ANS dipthera are seen especially in the florida area.

In brief: Bronchitis

This is likely a viral bronchitis.
Certainly can be worse if ypu smoke, the chest hursts fromt the bronchial rattle in the main bronchial airway, rarely needing antibiotics, it self resolves in 1-2 weeks usually. But if persisting and or fevers after this time need to be seen as outbreaks of mycoplasma ANS dipthera are seen especially in the florida area.
Dr. David Hicks
Dr. David Hicks
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