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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.
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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.
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