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Im an otherwise healthy Male, 33, and have had a mildly annoying

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I'm an otherwise healthy Male, 33, and have had a mildly annoying cough (with sneezing and occasional tightness in the throat) for maybe 6 to 7 weeks, and I'm wondering if I need to see a doctor about it, and if so, how to find one cheaply in my area (I'm uninsured as self-employed).

I only notice it a couple times a day or so. I've had allergies with similar effects, minus the coughing.

The general practitioner I normally see charges about $100 a visit. Any cheaper suggestions before I book an appt.?

Thanks much,
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.

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I'm sorry to hear about this

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Are you coughing up mucus?

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Any shortness of breath ?

Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.
Were you able to see my replies in the chat session?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi Dr. B-

Sorry for late response; was out to dinner by the time you responded last night.

I'm not regularly coughing up mucus, but occasionally I'll try to hack some out on purpose just to clear it up back there.

Not really noticing being "short" of breath either. Nose feels partially clogged, but I can breathe in a normal amount by mouth still.

Thx, Jon

Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.
Do you have any allergies? Do you take any medication?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I have had allergies, but usually not so pronounced as this year. Dust, cat dander mainly, which I don't think I've been unusually exposed to.
I'm not taking any prescription medications. Occasional over-the-counter decongestant and cough drops.
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.
If I had a patient in your situation with your current symptoms using an allergy medication for about 4 weeks would likely be beneficial (like allegra or zyrtec) and possibly omeprazole as well because acid reflux (which may not show symptoms) is a very common cause of a chronic cough. If there is no improvement after 4-6 weeks then it would be advisable to have this examined by a doctor.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
ok, I'll definitely try that first then. Any dosage recommendations?
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.
They are all OTC, and each is taken once a day
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Great, thanks much!
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.
You're quite welcome, I'm happy I could help
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
This cleared up; thanks!
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 3 years ago.
You're quite welcome

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