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How do I know if my cough is allergies or pneumonia? I have a runny nose but no sneezing really, a cough with mucus that was very clear but now seems thicker. Both my mother and my husband have had pneumonia is the last 2 weeks.

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

About 3 days. I do not think I have a fever and am not sure if I am really achy or not the mucus seem relatively clear most of the time but sometime I cough up a chunk of mucus.

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

I just got home from India.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr Su S, Doctor(MD) replied 3 months ago
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Doctor: Dr Su S, Doctor(MD) replied 3 months ago

Do you have chest pain, shortness of breath?

How high is your temperature?

Do you have sore throat?

Did you take any medicine?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I am not sure what kind of medicine to take so no I have not taken anything yet. No chest pain not really shortness of breath. I don’t think I have a fever. My throat feels alttle sore from all the coughing.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Can’t sleep because of the coughing.
Doctor: Dr Su S, Doctor(MD) replied 3 months ago

Thank you for the input.
I am very sorry for your symptoms.
Your symptoms do not sound like pneumonia.
The symptoms sound like a viral infection.
Viral infection usually gets over within a week, sometimes get prolonged.

Mucus can be a bit thicker during recovery phase.
Ibuprofen or tylenol can be taken.
Please take plenty of fluid.
Have adequate rest.
You can do warm salt,water gargling.
1/2 tsf salt in 8 oz. of warm water would be good.

Delsym can help in coughing.
Please keep the room warm & humidified during sleep.
I hope all these measures would give relief.
If the symptom continues, I would advise to take an examination by doctor.
I hope this information will be helpful.
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I do seem to have runny eyes as well does that suggest allergies?
Doctor: Dr Su S, Doctor(MD) replied 3 months ago

It can be from allergy.

Viral infection can cause it too.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Okay I guess I will take some Night Quil and see if I can get some sleep.
Doctor: Dr Su S, Doctor(MD) replied 3 months ago

You can take if you have in hand.

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