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Cough, chest congestion, history of oral sex - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi I have had a cough for about a week and a half now. For the past couple days I've had a slight fever. Some people are telling me it might be walking pneumonia. Can that be it?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
Doctor :  
what other symptoms are you having?
Doctor :  
is the cough productive?
User :   well the coughing was consistent, yesterday and today it has calmed down, just a slight fever these past 2 nights, and a headache from all the coughing
User :   it started off as a dry cough
Doctor :  
ok
User :   and now i guess it is getting to a congested cough
Doctor :  
is sputum coming out?
User :   no
Doctor :   since you are having fever, it indicates that there is some kind of infection that has occurred.
User :   the highest the fever got was about 100.4
Doctor :   so to treat that, you need to control fever and prevent getting pushed to pneumonia like picture
Doctor :  
i suggest you to meet your physician
User :   i have an appointment tomorrow
Doctor :  
and get a ches examination done to see if there is congestion in chest too
Doctor :  
and start you on antibiotics
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but i was looking online and i ran across something that im thinking it might be but i dont know if it is
Doctor :  
*chest examination
User :   can an std cough a cough?
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
could you please explain?
User :   just wondering if i caught an std from oral sex and that is why i have an infection/cough
User :   i dont know how those std are so im not sure
Doctor :  
the possibility of the STD transmission is there
User :   but i dont want to go to the office with my mom and have the doctor ask me if i had sex because what i might have is an std
Doctor :   which can be ruled out after examination and the few tests
User :   can a doctor tell just by looking at the throat?
User :   of do i need to take specific tests?
Doctor :  
if it is suspected then serological tests needs to be done
Doctor :  
which are specific to the STD
User :   so just by looking at my throat the doctor wont assume it is because of an std
User :   unless i mention it
Doctor :  
yes, history needs to be corelated with the examination fiondings and then conclusion can be made
Doctor :  
i would suggest you not to hide the sexual history
Doctor :   as early detection of STD will prevent life long complications
User :   i wont but i just cant have my mom in the room
Doctor :  
as the treatment started will be early.
Doctor :   you can always ask your doctor that you want to speak in private
Doctor :  
and request him to keep your information confidential.
User :   yeah i know that i can, but i have no idea how to tell my mom that i dont want her to come into the room with me.
User :   i will be honest about everything with the dr
Doctor :  
ok.
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   umm...
User :   what kind of stds can happen in the throat
Doctor :  
you can have gonorrhea and other STD's affecting the throat
Doctor :  
and cause symptoms
Doctor :  
of cough
User :   is that curable?
Doctor :  
and also might lead to film formation on tongue, and tonsils could also be infected
Doctor :  
early detection and treatment can cure them
User :   what is film formation on tongue?
Doctor :  
avoid unprotected sexual contact in future to avoid getting reinfected
Doctor :  
a white coat kind is formed over tongue and tonsil
User :   visible?
User :   thick?
Doctor :  
yes, could be thin film also and visible
User :   is that like before treatment?
Doctor :  
yes, before treatment
User :   ok
User :   oh i really hope all i have is a bad cough
Doctor :  
most likely it should be just a dry cough getting secondarily infected
Doctor :  
do not worry
Doctor :  
go an dget examined and start treatment early for the cough and congestion
Doctor :  
*and get
User :   i will
Doctor :  
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User :   thanks
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no that was all
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User :   thanks
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