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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   It hurts to cough please hlp.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   XXX,
Doctor :   this is Dr XXX
Doctor :   please give me a few details, before we go ahead
User :   hello
Doctor :   do u have fever, ?
User :   well ive been sick fr about 4 days
User :   no
Doctor :   and describe your cough (dry, with sputum, or blood ?)
User :   no fever but i did have one REALLY REALLY low like 37 celcius
User :   its just a normal cough that hurts in teh chest place
User :   its been going on for a little more than 1 day though
Doctor :   how long have u had this ?
User :   and prior to it i had a small throat problekm where it got big and i had a constant thirst for water
User :   and now my constant thirst is gone but the cough is here instead
User :   and 1 day
User :   but im worried if it cud be a big problem or sumthin
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i think you have had some pharyngitis, which has led to a cough that cause pain,
Doctor :   have you taken any medicines ? for this ?
Doctor :   i would suggest steam inhalation, Robitussin for cough
User :   yes
User :   robitussin
User :   and this cough syrrup
Doctor :   hasnt that helped you?
User :   but the syrup is for mucus
User :   i feel it has
User :   because right now i always have the feeling to cough
User :   but i acn control wheather i cough or not right now
User :   and the only time when i cough is when im a littlecurious about the pain
Doctor :   i understand
Doctor :   this irritation in the throat is the cause of cough
User :   and i have a constant small small burning pain in the upper middle torso
User :   i think the throat might be better because my thirst is gone
Doctor :   i would advice you to get a Chest Xray to rule out pneumonia as well
Doctor :   a throat swab to check the infection,
User :   im 14 btw
User :   what is a throat swab?
Doctor :   and a course of antibiotics for a week will definitely help
User :   my school nurse already saw my throat beefore and said it was big
Doctor :   throat swab - culture of the throat secretions
User :   can i perform it by myself
Doctor :   no, you need a doctor to do it
User :   my parents say its not a big problem because it happens to thema
User :   and if i suggest an xray they will think its a little too much
Doctor :   also, your symptoms are more, so you defintitely need antibiotics , which are given by prescription
User :   yeah the only symptons i have now are all from the cough
Doctor :   since the pain in the chest, is severe, it is always better to rule that out than be sorry
User :   its not really severe
User :   i can handle the pain its not like it really really hurts
Doctor :   But if not, try steam inhalation, salt in warm water garlging , to reliee the cough
Doctor :   also try vick coughs drops, etc which will help you
User :   will it work as a long term
User :   the gurgling\
User :   like help cure it
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   definitely
User :   i live in XXX so all i use are like halls
User :   for throats
Doctor :   yes defintely u can use them
User :   thanks for the help
User :   theres like 15 more secs
Doctor :   you are welcome
User :   goodbye
Doctor :   bye for now
Doctor :   hope u get well
Doctor :   soon
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