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I came down with a bad cold two weeks ago. I can't seem to

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I came down with a bad cold two weeks ago. I can't seem to get rid of the cough and congestion. I have tried all the OTC remedies. I try not to use antibiotics. Any other ideas I might try?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr S.A.Alam replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question, it is common to have symptoms of cough and congestion for several weeks after cold infections because most of them are viral in origin and it taken 4 weeks for these to settle. You can try taking more warm water, soups, inhale hot water steam, use nasal decongestants which are available over counter like albus oil drops, vicks. In most cases these measure help to make early recovery.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I am Doctor Thomas, a double board certified US doctor in internal medicine and integrative medicine, with advanced training in several other fields. I am a clinician of over 20 years experience. I will give you an initial answer or ask you a question, but be sure to use reply to expert to communicate with me as needed.

I have a different answer.

It is not common to have it this long without bronchitis.

You might need inhaler treatments, not antibiotics.

And you need to rule out pneumonia. In particular, atypical pneumonia, which can cause lingering cough without other symptoms, until you get in trouble. That WOULD need antibiotics.

Have an exam today.

That is a standard of care recommendation.

I am a US doctor, double board certified.

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