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I've been having a persistent dry cough a month now. It got

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I've been having a persistent dry cough for about a month now. It got better and now it's worse.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: When it started I had a high fever and chills about a couple weeks ago. Then after a week or two it would just be a loud ongoing dry cough. On the third week it got better, only coughed about once or twice in the day and now this week is the worst. Painful dry cough to the point where it's difficult to speak, it's also very itchy. The cough causes me to belch and is really irritating my chest.
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 8 months ago.

Hello,

Thank you for your question.
I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.

Did you have any test or take any medicine?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I've been taking cough suppressants you could buy at your local drug store. Last time I was prescribed with an inhaler, codeine, and nasal spray which hasn't helped as well. I was tested for strep throat but that came out negative. Other than that I have not be tested for anything else.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 8 months ago.

Thank you for all the information.
There can be a few possibilities.
A viral infection would not last so long.
A bacterial infection is likely to be there.
Other possibilities are allergy, COPD, asthma etc.
I feel you need an examination by doctor again.
CBC, chest X Ray, repeat throat swab can be taken.
You can need a course of antibiotic.
I hope this information helps.
If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.
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Regards.