Phlegm Cough Does Not Heal After Taking Medicine?

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Good night, I have been coughing up phlegm since Saturday yesterday. but my illness is accompanied by chest pain when coughing, dizziness, chills and cold sweat. I have been to the clinic and given medicine by doctors there (cefixime antibiotics, inflammatory drugs, paracetamol and OBH). but until now my illness has not healed. What do you think I’m sick of? thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello, good night Mochamad Hardani ...


How many days have you been taking these drugs? Have you taken antibiotics? Do you have a history of allergies to dust, smoke, cold weather, etc.?


Coughing is a form of body defense to expel particles that disturb the respiratory tract and prevent foreign objects from entering the lower airway. Coughing up phlegm accompanied by complaints of chills, dizziness, and cold sweat, can be caused by various possibilities, including:

Upper respiratory tract infections, which include laryngitis (pharyngitis), tonsillitis (tonsillitis), inflammation of the larynx (laryngitis)
lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia (wet lung)
allergic, especially if complaints of cough with phlegm do not arise at any time For example, only at night when the weather is cold, if you are exposed to cigarette smoke, and so on
if cough with phlegm occurs for more than 2 weeks, then the possibility of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, need to be considered


Generally, if the cause of cough is an inflammation of the airways due to bacterial infection, then usually the complaint will begin to improve after 2-3 days since taking antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and cough suppressants. However, there are several conditions that make complaints still felt even though the patient has consumed drugs correctly, such as: the patient does not avoid temporarily prohibited foods (such as fried foods, food that is too cold, food and drinks that are too sweet, etc.), consuming less water, not getting enough rest, not avoiding materials that trigger allergies and airway irritation, such as cigarette smoke, vehicle smoke, and dust, and the patient keeps in direct contact with other cough sufferers so re-transmission occurs.


We cannot confirm what disease you are experiencing because we do not examine you directly. However, if after you have finished your medication according to the rules but the symptoms do not improve, we suggest that you go to a doctor beforehand or more specifically to a pulmonary specialist to find out the diagnosis of your disease. If needed the doctor may recommend additional examinations such as blood lab tests, chest x-rays, sputum examination, and so on.


Meanwhile, avoid abstinence from foods and drinks that can trigger a cough, so as not to prolong your recovery time huh .. Consumption of healthy and nutritious food you also need to do to improve endurance.

That's all, hopefully it helps ..

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