If you have any irritant in your throat like dust, smoke, or fluid, a cough is the body's reflex action to clear the throat. A cough is the most frequent symptom of an infection in the upper and lower respiratory tract like bronchitis, asthma, COPD, common cold, flu, and emphysema. A cough can be dry (non-productive) or accompanied with sputum (productive).

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What is the reason for having cough for a long duration?

Query: Hi doctor, My partner is 53 years old. She is suffering from a severe cough for a few days. Though she has the problem for a long time, it always becomes fine after some days. But this time she is not getting relief. She visited a doctor, and several tests were done. Currently, she is taking Perifl...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These symptoms are caused due to the nodule present in the lungs. It could be benign and harmless. But at this age, every nodule must be observed if there are symptoms especially. The nodu...  Read Full »

What is the problem for having cough with white sputum?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a healthy person. I have a cough with white sputum production. I do not have a fever. I have done sputum culture. The result showed a presence of Pseudomonas. Do I need an antibiotic?  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there is a presence of Pseudomonas, then there can be an infection. Since you have a productive cough, you may need to take antibiotics. Please repeat the sputum culture if possible. Also, get a chest X-ray and full blood count done. It could help you to identify the...  Read Full »

Levosure has not relieved me of my cough. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male and I weigh 57 Kg. I am 5 feet 6 inches in height. My symptoms are a cough for one month. I am currently on tablet Levosure 500 mg, tablet Ventair 10 mg, and syrup Adovas. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you provided are typical findings of this season. If you have a productive cough which is yellowish or greenish, it indicates a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. It could be a case of bronchitis and Levofloxacin should work. C...  Read Full »

I have cold, cough and chest pain. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been very cold for weeks. I have a runny nose, my body hurts, I have a cough, and a few days ago I had chest pains that lasted some minutes.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have caught a cold alright. Is there any fever? Also, is the cough productive? If there is no productive cough and no fever, then you probably have a post nasal drip associated with the rhinitis, hence a chronic dry cough. It could also be tracheitis, in which ...  Read Full »

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