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I have had a persistent cough for about 3 months, maybe

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Second opinion] hi, I...

Second opinion] hi, I have had a persistent cough for about 3 months, maybe longer... I also have had (and I am currently having) repeated bouts of feverishness, yet my body temperature is normal. I am currently taking prednisone- today is day 4 of treatment... this has not alleviated symptoms at all, and at some points seems as though the symptoms have gotten worse...

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

Just the cough and feverishness no abnormal fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite or anything like that

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

I recently tested positive for HSV 1, shortly after the symptoms first appeared... also had the same feverishness before the testing...

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Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 3 months ago
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Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 3 months ago

Thank you for requesting me.

I am not sure why you would be on prednisone?

and what is your question exactly?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I have had a persistent cough for several months now, with no other symptoms aside from what I am currently experiencing, which is extreme feverishness with no raise in body temp (which I understand may be a side effect of the prednisone) ... my doctor prescribed the prednisone to suppress the cough....
Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 3 months ago

OK

So what is your exact question?

Why do you have a cough per your doctor?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
he said it could allergies, molds/fungus in the air, or a viral infection...
My exact question is: This cough has persisted for many months, I have tried every suggested form of treatment to no avail... since the prednisone seems to be actually making my cough worse instead of better, what would be the next step in finding out what is causing my symptoms? I should I expect to simply be more patient with the prednisone therapy, today is the 4th day, and the coughing has not subsided at all... it has become worse, if anything.
Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 3 months ago

Then the next step is to see a specialist.

Have you seen a pulmonologist at this point?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
no sir...
Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 3 months ago

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