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Persistent cough, loss of appetite and lethargy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have had a cough for about two weeks, with some fatigue, and a headache off and on. My parents came back from XXX with a terrible cough so I am assuming I have the same thing. I am coughing up yellow/white mucus. I am hesitant to go see a doctor because I don't have Health Insurance. I am taking over the counter medications currently. Do you suggest I see a doctor and what do you think this could be?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr. XXX
Doctor :   please let me read your post
User :   Hello Dr.
Doctor :   May i know your age and gender?
User :   I am a 28 year old female
Doctor :   Do you have any allergy?
Doctor :   ok
User :   in good health usually
Doctor :   ok
User :   no allergies
Doctor :   are your parents still symptomatic?
Doctor :   ok good
Doctor :   Do you have fever?
Doctor :   did you try steam inhaling?
User :   no fever currently. I may have had one last week though because I had the chills.
User :   my parents are still coughing and not feeling 100 percent
Doctor :   ok do you have cough everytime?
Doctor :   or is it in the morning or evng?
User :   coughing is worse at night and morning
User :   I just started coughing during the day a little as well
Doctor :   is the sputum yellowish
User :   yes
User :   and thick
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   did you try nay medicines
User :   Dayquil, Mucinix, and Advil.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   thats good
Doctor :   still you dont ahve relief?
Doctor :   have
Doctor :   advil will remove fever and pain
Doctor :   mucinix is for sputum
User :   I've still been coughing for two weeks. I can function with the medicine I have been taking, but I wasn't sure if the yellow discharge meant I needed antibiotics. My parents are on their second round of antibiotics.
User :   I wasn't sure if the yellow sputum meant I needed antibiotics or not.
Doctor :   dayquil will remove congestion
Doctor :   yes you will have to take
Doctor :   antibitics
Doctor :   antibiotics
Doctor :   since it is yellow sputum
Doctor :   and you may get an chest xray done
Doctor :   along with blood tests
Doctor :   was it a tuberculosis prone area?
User :   I am not sure.
Doctor :   any cough that lasts more than 3 weeks
Doctor :   need to be investigated for tuberculosis
Doctor :   do you feel lethargic?
User :   a little
Doctor :   and loss of appetite
User :   no
Doctor :   dont wait get an physical examination done now itself
Doctor :   so that any small infection
User :   ok
Doctor :   is well controlled nowitself
Doctor :   at the beginning
Doctor :   till then continue what
Doctor :   you were taking
User :   ok
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thankyou.....
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting.......
Doctor :   bye for now.....
User :   have a nice weekend
Doctor :   Take care............
Doctor :   Same to you too
Doctor :   hope to see you healthy soon
Doctor :   take care.........
Doctor :   bye...
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