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Persistent cough

A persistent cough is a cough which lasts for more than three weeks


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    Amam — 19.03.2018 07:59
    Good day, I have been having this persistant irritation in my throat and a slight chesty cough for quite some time. Each time I take medications, the irritation reliefs me for some time and comes back later. Please advice.


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      Jen Tan — 19.03.2018 11:33
      Hello Amam. The first thing I need to check with you is whether you have been to your doctor - a persistent or longstanding cough should be checked out to exclude a serious cause. There are many possible causes of the type of cough you describe and these range from viral infections, to acid reflux, to stress leading to a 'nervous cause'. A diagnosis will help as treatments for each will be different. Sometimes, a process of elimination is needed before coming to the final solution.


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    Adeoye — 02.02.2018 18:03
    Evening sir, my son of three & half year has a cough since early January 2018. We went to hospital, doctor gave him Sekisan & antibiotic. He was relieved but a type of dry cough continuing during the day. But no cough when he sleeps at night. What next can i do ? Thank you


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      Jen Tan — 03.02.2018 10:16
      If your son's cough is persisting, you should go back to the doctor. There could be other factors involved and we do not want to miss a further underlying problem such as asthma which needs treatment. This is especially as your son is under the age of 6 - the immune systems of young children have yet to mature and we should not ignore any symptoms present.


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    Sunil — 08.11.2017 10:16
    I am sensitive to chillies food and beverages from last 3 year. That couses flu like symptoms and i have post nasal drip with white and sticky cough. A have also breathing problem from last 3 month i am also feeling nausea, chest pain, and vertigo like feeling. Some doctors said it is allergic rhinitis with sinus other said it is asthma life long problem. I am confused what type of diseases it is.


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      Jen Tan — 09.11.2017 07:40
      Hello Sunil. Many of your symptoms point towards a diagnosis of allergic rhinitis which can be accompanied by sinus problems or associated with asthma. Vertigo could be a sign that your middle ear is inflamed - a condition that may accompany sinus problems or a post-nasal drip. However, chest pain needs further investigation. Depending on your age, we would be considering causes ranging from a viral infection to heart problems. I am afraid that it is not possible for me to be more specific.


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