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U have an upper respiratory infection,I am coughing up green think phlegm, I am running a slight temp of 99.2. Can't I get some antibiotics?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?

A couple of days and no I have no other symptoms.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No, nothing.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Gehring, Doctor replied 9 months ago
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Hi there,

I am Dr. Gehring and pleased to help you with your question.

For decades doctors thought that green phlegm was a sign of bacterial infection and treated with antibiotics. Often enough they wondered why this didn't help, and far too often they tried even another one. Since about ten years we know that green phlegm is normal in viral infections and no sign of bacteria at all.

Treating a viral infection with antibiotics wouldn't do you any good because they would kill the bacteria in your intestines as well an therefore weaken your immune system. Getting well would take you even longer then.

Slightly elevated temperature, cough and maybe other signs of a common cold should not be treates with antibiotics. Only if your blood works or the examination by your doctor make a bacterial infection likeable, antibiotics should be applied.

I wish you the very best. Get well soon!

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