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What is this cough I have?

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  • Posted By: natspe
  • September 25, 2007
  • 02:04 PM

I have had this cough for about 3 weeks now, and it won't go away, even though I've been on two different antibiotics and 3 different cough medicines and a pump. I went for x-rays and it showed no disease, lung infections or any phlegm in the bronchi. My phlegm is white, now I have a runny nose, and lots of white phlegm. Sometimes I cough so hard I can't breathe and my face goes red. Twice I started crying. It's not pertussis *whooping cough* or bronchitus. It feels like when I cough you can hear the phlegm, though it's coming from my upper chest/lower throat. I'm really worried, I get so dizzy after a coughing fit. Please help, I'm only 16 and I need to know what's going on, the doctor doesn't seem to know, except, "It's a virus".

I would greatly appreciate any help.

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  • Coughing with lots of phlegm is a good sign - it means the stuff isnt sitting in your lungs waiting to get infected and give you pneumonia. White phlegm also indicates there are no infections (it's not bacterial, it's a virus). All you can really do is wait for your body to heal itself (it will). Try not to worry, and rest, and drink lots of fluids. Have you had a daily, spiking fever all this time? If so, you should get tested for mono.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
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  • Do you ever feel any constriction or a "lump" in your throat?
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 05:31 PM
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