Persistent Cough

Persistent or chronic cough is when you cough longer than eight weeks or if your child coughs for more than four weeks. The common causes include asthma, bronchitis, GERD, postnasal drip, etc.

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My daughter has a continuous cough, and the medications I give have no effect. How to subside the severity of the cough?

Query: Hi doctor, My 11.5-year-old daughter is coughing continuously. I gave her Meftal-P 5 ml, one tablet of Levocet M Kid, and Ascoril LS 5 ml after consulting a doctor, but it has not subsidized. Kindly suggest a solution for this.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. The cough usually takes time to get reduced, sometimes even up to two weeks. I suggest you to try giving fresh honey one spoon three times a day along with the medications prescribed by your doctor. If not improving, kindly consult a pediatric f...  Read Full »

Can COVID pneumonia occur months after COVID treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, Can COVID pneumonia occur months after COVID treatment? I had a persistent cough and mucus discharge. After an x-ray, it is said that I have a heavy growth of Klebsiella pneumoniae, and there is hyperinflation of the lungs on the chest x-ray. Will it reverse back to normal with treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) occurs during the acute episode of the infection and subsides afterward as the disease wanes. You seem to have Klebsiella pneumonia, which can be treated under a physician's supervision with antibiotics (based on biological fluid cultur...  Read Full »

I have had a cough for the last five months, which persists after taking medications. What should be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a cough for the last five months, and I met a doctor who asked me to get a TB test. It was negative, and I got an x-ray done, but the result was right upper fibrosis, left upper lobe considilation, and cavity formation expansion. I took the medicines, but still, I have a cough....  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You should get CECT (contrast induced computerized tomography) chest done.  Read Full »

I have had a wet cough for about a week that does not go away with medication. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a wet cough that does not go away. It has been over a week, and I am getting quite concerned. I have had Cetirizine hydrochloride, DayQuil/NyQuil, Flonase, and cough drops to suppress the coughing, but it keeps coming back. Often, I would wake up coughing. Occasionally, it would...  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hello Welcome to I suggest, Azithromycin 500 mg - one tablet daily in the morning for five days. Gargle mouth with warm salt water at night regularly. Brush your teeth at night Avoid ice creams, cool water, and carbonated beverages. Revert after three days.  Read Full »

My husband frequently coughs with sputum whenever he eats something. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has frequently been coughing along with sputum every time he eats something, or in general, also he coughs a lot. He also consumed medicines for tuberculosis after consulting our local doctor, but the problem persists. He used to have chest pains very often, which are in con...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the above details, your husband has been treated for TB (Tuberculosis) and is now experiencing cough while having food. This can be due to many reasons like acid reflux, allergies or choking, etc. I suggest you give him Montair- LC (Levocetirizine and Montelukast) w...  Read Full »

I am coughing from the past 14 days, do I need a chest x-ray?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a persistent cough for 14 days. I feel something like phlegm, but I cannot spit it out. I feel shortness of breath also. The doctor has diagnosed bronchitis, but I want to be sure about it. My doctor told me that there is no need for taking an x-ray, do you think the same? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Aamir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, most likely, you have bronchitis. But it would help if you did sputum microscopy. Please answer the following: 1) What is your age? 2) Do you smoke? If yes, how many packs a day and since when are you smoking? 3) Is the cough more at night and wakes you...  Read Full »

My father has been suffering from a cough for the past month. Can it be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My 62 year old father has a cough since one month. It is a nagging cough which started after a fever. It is mostly dry, except for a colorless mucus which comes out sometimes. His CBC, blood test and chest X-ray were done last month and all were normal. He is right now on mild antibiotic...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to know if he smokes cigarettes or used to smoke before, or if there is a history of tuberculosis. Secondly, does he have a history of asthma? I do not think it could be cancer. Just do a complete blood count, X-ray, and an ECG and review with yo...  Read Full »

My 12-year-old daughter is suffering from dry cough for ten days. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 12 years old. She has a dry cough since 10 days. The doctor says that it is rhinitis. Her URT is congested and getting continuous dry coughing. The prescription given is tablet Telekast, spray Nasonex, syrup Chericof and also tab Dompan SR. But, the medicines are not wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With the symptoms you have stated, it looks like your child has an allergic disorder. You can continue the same medications as prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes, cough lingers for a longer time than usually expected. Avoid polluted environment, cigarette smoke (passiv...  Read Full »

I need help with headaches and excessive coughing that made me vomit.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 24-year-old male with a weight of 70 kilograms and a height of five feet ten inches. I have a headache especially in the afternoon on my backside of the head. I also have a cough. Today, I had vomiting after excessive coughing. How to control it?  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Shah Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have persistent headaches on the backside of the head, then it can occur due to high blood pressure. Please mention your blood pressure and please say whether you are taking any medication for any illness. There are many reasons to have a headache and the mos...  Read Full »

What can be done for chronic dry cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I am suffering from cough for almost a month and my abdomen is paining badly due to cough. The cough gets so severe and I end up vomiting, be it early morning or night. I consulted the doctor and was diagnosed with chronic cough. I followed the medicine and it o...  Read Full »

Dr. Abhishek Dixit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chronic cough for more than three weeks needs evaluation. I would recommend to check CBC (complete blood count), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), Mantoux test, chest x-ray, ECG and serum creatinine levels. Chronic GERD - gastroesophageal acid reflux symptoms...  Read Full »

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