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I've had a sore throat going on a week now. I went into an…

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I've had a sore throat going on a week now. I went into an urgent care three days ago and got swabbed for strep and it came back negative. At that time I was starting to get a cough associated with the sore throat. The past two mornings when I wake up and cough I have noticed that there is blood in with the brownish yellow flem from my lungs. Wondering if I need to go back in?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the symptoms? Do you have a fever?

No fever and its been a total of about 7 days

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

Allergic to penicillin and nothing to note as far as respiratory

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I'm 42 and do experience heartburn frequently and take Nexium almost daily. I guess I do have a little shortness of breath and no chest pain

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Your symptoms can be due to bronchitis.

The other possibility of the diagnosis is acid reflux / gastroesophageal reflux disease which can cause blood tinged sputum, sore throat etc.

In any case you need to be looked in and thus should go back for the evaluation.

You need a chest x-ray, culture of the sputum, blood counts and test for Helicobacter pylori. You may also need an upper GI endoscopy.

Meanwhile following would help you; Tums and Prilosec for GERD.

Bronchitis is treated by following;

1) Adequate rest / bed rest if symptoms are severe.

2) cough suppressants such as codeine and dextromethorphan.

3) ipratropium bromide

4) theophylline

5) steroids.

6) Occasionally antibiotics may be prescribed.

7) Zinc supplement; this increases the body immunity.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you sir. have a great day

You are very welcome.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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